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Veil and Vow: Marriage Matters in Contemporary African American Culture

Aneeka Ayanna Henderson


In Veil and Vow, Aneeka Ayanna Henderson places familiar, often politicized questions about the crisis of African American marriage in conversation with a rich cultural archive that includes fiction by Terry McMillan and Sister Souljah, music by Anita Baker, and films such as The Best Man. Seeking to move beyond simple assessments of marriage as "good" or "bad" for African Americans, Henderson critically examines popular and influential late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century texts alongside legislation such as the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and the Welfare Reform Act, which masked tr ... More

Keywords: Marriage, 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, Welfare Reform Act, Inequality, Family, Kinship, Terry McMillan, African American, The Best Man, Sister Souljah

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469651767
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651767.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aneeka Ayanna Henderson, author
Amherst College