PASSAGEWAYS reflects current scholarship on the black past through a thematic and chronological approach. The metaphor PASSAGEWAYS describes the paths blacks in America have forged through racially inspired minefields. The two volumes focus on the ways in which a people imagined and constructed themselves, their institutions, their cultures, and their battles for freedom and equality. Colin A. Palmer is distinguished professor of History at CUNY Graduate School. He has held several fellowships and published widely in the area of the African Diaspora.