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From the Publisher"An excellent contribution to the literature on gender studies, African American studies, and nineteenth-century American history. . . . Jones masterfully articulates how African American women and their allies battled for equal standing. . . . She explains their odyssey and furthers our understanding of the role and contributions of black women both past and present."
— North Carolina Historical Review
"Jones distinguishes African American women's voices, spaces, and places, focusing on the unique aspects of their multidimensional existence. . . . Provides detailed accounts. . . . Documents how these women shaped and defined the nature of American public culture in the 19th century."
-Journal of African American History
"Jones has brilliantly rehistoricized black feminism and reframed the 'woman question.' "
— Journal of Southern History
"An excellent introductory study of nineteenth-century African American women and their very public quest for equality."
— H-Net Reviews
"Provides important background. . . . Highly recommended."
"This important study attests to the continuing vitality of the field of African American women's history."
— Journal of American History
"An important contribution to the growing literature on black women's political activism."
This work is a tour de force.
—Nancy A. Hewitt, Rutgers University