Ladies' Pages: African American Women's Magazines and the Culture That Made Them

Ladies' Pages: African American Women's Magazines and the Culture That Made Them

by Noliwe M. Rooks
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813534259

ISBN-13: 9780813534251

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Beginning in the late nineteenth century, mainstream magazines established ideal images of white female culture, while comparable African American periodicals were cast among the shadows. Noliwe M. Rooks’s Ladies’ Pages sheds light on the most influential African American women’s magazines––Ringwood’s

Overview

Beginning in the late nineteenth century, mainstream magazines established ideal images of white female culture, while comparable African American periodicals were cast among the shadows. Noliwe M. Rooks’s Ladies’ Pages sheds light on the most influential African American women’s magazines––Ringwood’s Afro-American Journal of Fashion, Half-Century Magazine for the Colored Homemaker, Tan Confessions, Essence, and O, the Oprah Magazine––and their little-known success in shaping the lives of black women.

Ladies’ Pages demonstrates how these rare and thought-provoking publications contributed to the development of African American culture and the ways in which they in turn reflect important historical changes in black communities. What African American women wore, bought, consumed, read, cooked, and did at home with their families were all fair game, and each of the magazines offered copious amounts of advice about what such choices could and did mean. At the same time, these periodicals helped African American women to find work and to develop a strong communications network. Rooks reveals in detail how these publications contributed to the concepts of black sexual identity, rape, migration, urbanization, fashion, domesticity, consumerism, and education.  Her book is essential reading for everyone interested in the history and culture of African Americans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813534251
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,278,349
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxi
1.Scattered Pages: Magazines, Sex, and the Culture of Migration1
The African American Press in Historical Context6
Shrouded in Sex: Writing Back to History10
The Cult of Representation: "New Negro" Ladies16
The New Woman: Consumerism and White Women's Magazines19
The Migration Journals21
2.Refashioning Rape: Ringwood's Afro-American Journal of Fashion25
The Magazine28
Julia Ringwood Costen: A Life in Context32
Situating Silence: Race, Rape, and Memory36
Black Bodies in the Key of White: The Accident of Color39
Accounting for the Past44
3.To Make a Lady Black and Bid Her Sing: Clothes, Class, and Color47
Representing Fashion, Fashioning Representation49
Showing and Proving That They Were Ladies51
Advertising Ladyhood56
White Fashion, Black Readers60
Fashioning Race: The Twentieth Century63
4."Colored Faces Looking Out of Fashion Plates. Well!": Twentieth-Century Fashion, Migration, and Urbanization65
Half-Century Magazine68
The Migration of Fashion74
The Burden of Dress78
What They Are Wearing84
The Status of Fashion87
5.No Place Like Home: Domesticity, Domestic Work, and Consumerism89
Home and Turn-of-the-Century American Culture in Black and White91
Gender, Generation, and Domestic Work101
From Character to Consumption108
6.Urban Confessions and Tan Fantasies: The Commodification of Marriage and Sexual Desire in African American Magazine Fiction113
Marriage, Urban Space, and Turn-of-the-Century Writing115
Tan Confessions120
Consuming Fantasies in Black and Tan124
Ebony Dreams: Buying Citizenship, Selling Race131
Marketing Matrimony, Selling Consumption134
7.But Is It Black and Female?: Essence, O, and American Magazine Publishing140
Essence Magazine142
O, the Oprah Magazine148
Notes151
Selected Bibliography163
Index169

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