African American Women and the Vote, 1837-1965

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Written by leading scholars of African American and women's history, the essays in this volume seek to reconceptualize the political history of black women in the United States by placing them "at the center of our thinking." The book explores how slavery, racial discrimination, and gender shaped the goals that African American women set for themselves, their families, and their race and looks at the political tools at their disposal. By identifying key turning points for black women, the essays create a new ...
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Overview

Written by leading scholars of African American and women's history, the essays in this volume seek to reconceptualize the political history of black women in the United States by placing them "at the center of our thinking." The book explores how slavery, racial discrimination, and gender shaped the goals that African American women set for themselves, their families, and their race and looks at the political tools at their disposal. By identifying key turning points for black women, the essays create a new chronology and a new paradigm for historical analysis. The chronology begins in 1837 with the interracial meeting of antislavery women in New York City and concludes with the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The contributors focus on specific examples of women pursuing a dual ambition: to gain full civil and political rights and to improve the social conditions of African Americans. Together, the essays challenge us to rethink common generalizations that govern much of our historical thinking about the experience of African American women.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558490598
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
African American Women and the Vote: An Overview 10
Architects of a Vision: Black Women and Their Antebellum Quest for Political and Social Equality 24
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Abolitionist and Feminist Reformer, 1825-1911 41
To Catch the Vision of Freedom: Reconstructing Southern Black Women's Political History, 1865-1880 66
The Quest for Justice: African American Women Litigants, 1867-1890 100
Advancement of the Race through African American Women's Organizations in the South, 1895-1925 120
Clubwomen and Electoral Politics in the 1920s 134
From Progressive Republican to Independent Progressive: The Political Career of Charlotta A. Bass 156
Shining in the Dark: Black Women and the Struggle for the Vote, 1955-1965 172
Directions for Scholarship 200
Suggestions for Further Reading 211
Notes on Contributors 215
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