African American Women in Congress

African American Women in Congress

by LaVerne M. Gill
     
 

This remarkable book by LaVerne Gill preserves the history of the struggles and accomplishments of fifteen courageous women, and will move others to learn from and follow their example. Readers are introduced to issues of vital importance to the Black community - Reconstruction, enfranchisement, lynching, civil rights struggles, the founding of advocacy groups, the…  See more details below

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This remarkable book by LaVerne Gill preserves the history of the struggles and accomplishments of fifteen courageous women, and will move others to learn from and follow their example. Readers are introduced to issues of vital importance to the Black community - Reconstruction, enfranchisement, lynching, civil rights struggles, the founding of advocacy groups, the power of the Congressional Black Caucus, the creation of majority minority districts that allowed greater representation in Congress, the struggle of largely Black Washington, D.C., for representation, and the recent dismantling of past gains by a Republican majority. Gill also describes the uphill battles for social justice and the rights of women that the fifteen women had to wage even within their own political parties, political organizations, and districts.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
In the nearly 30 years since Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman elected to Congress, only 14 other women of color have followed her. This book provides in-depth profiles of those women with descriptive biographies of each, including their legislative triumphs and personal challenges. Gill, a print and broadcast journalist who was a member of the Congressional Press Gallery, begins each profile with a "rsum" that outline the subject's vital statistics; educational, professional, and political backgrounds; and congressional data. The profiles offer objective evaluations of the congresswomen's abilities, personalities, strengths, and weaknesses and tell of the many obstacles each of them overcame to reach such a high level of government. An appendix lists the names and dates of all African Americans who have served in Congress, and there is an extensive bibliography. These features make this work a potentially valuable reference tool. Recommended for public and academic libraries.Jill Ortner, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813523521
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
03/11/1997
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.29(w) x 10.34(h) x 1.00(d)

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