"Nowhere are the psychological dynamics of this ordeal and triumph more clearly, gracefully, or economically set forth."
— Willie Lee Rose, The New York Review of Books
"Black Odyssey is a masterful work, at once poetic and instructive. His is an enduring contribution to the study of American history. This book deserves the widest readership." — Herbert G. Gutman
"A thoughtful and thought-provoking book…written with feeling." — Oscar Handlin
"The classic on the subject for a long time to come….The general reader, for whom the work is written, will simply be enthralled." — The New Yorker