Bridging Race Divides: Black Nationalism, Feminism, and Integration in the United States, 1896-1935 / Edition 1

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African American women in the early-twentieth century made significant contributions toward the development of a black feminist tradition, were at the forefront of black nationalism, and challenged the apparent dichotomy between black nationalism and integrationism. Kate Dossett examines the political thought and cultural production of prominent black women leaders in the years between the founding of the National Association of Colored Women in 1896 and the National Council of Negro Women in 1935.

 

By featuring the contributions of women like the pioneering black hairdresser, Madam C. J. Walker, and her daughter, as well as club woman Mary McLeod Bethune and United Negro Improvement Association activist Amy Jacques Garvey, Dossett also makes a distinctive contribution to the field of women’s history by challenging the reverse class bias that has meant that middle-class women have been deemed less worthy of study, or worse, dubbed assimilationist and accused of lacking race pride.

 

While revealing the depth and complexity of black women's thought in the early twentieth century, and highlighting their contribution to a black feminist tradition of activism, Bridging Race Divides positions black women at the forefront of both intellectual and practical endeavors in the struggle for black autonomy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813031408
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 2/10/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Dossett is a lecturer in North American history at the University of Leeds.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures     ix
Preface     xi
List of Abbreviations     xv
Introduction     1
Laying the Groundwork: Washington, Burroughs, Bethune, and the Clubwomen's Movement     15
Black Nationalism and Interracialism in the Young Women's Christian Association     66
Luxuriant Growth: The Walkers and Black Economic Nationalism     107
Amy Jacques Garvey, Jessie Fauset, and Pan-African Feminist Thought     150
Epilogue     200
Notes     209
Bibliography     241
Index     257
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