Living with Jim Crow: African American Women and Memories of the Segregated South

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This groundbreaking book collects black women?s personal recollections of their public and private lives during the period of legal segregation in the American South. Using first-person narratives, collected through oral history interviews, the book emphasizes women?s role in their families and communities, treating women as important actors in the economic, social, cultural, and political life of the segregated South. By focusing on the commonalities of women?s experiences, as well as the ways that women?s lives...

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Overview

This groundbreaking book collects black women’s personal recollections of their public and private lives during the period of legal segregation in the American South. Using first-person narratives, collected through oral history interviews, the book emphasizes women’s role in their families and communities, treating women as important actors in the economic, social, cultural, and political life of the segregated South. By focusing on the commonalities of women’s experiences, as well as the ways that women’s lives differed from the experiences of southern black men, Living with Jim Crow analyzes the interlocking forces of racism and sexism.

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“An indispensible contribution to African American and women’s history. Essential.”—CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230621527
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Series: Palgrave Studies in Oral History Series
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 592,081
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Valk is Associate Director for Programs of the John Nicholas Brown Center, Brown University. She is the author of Radical Sisters: Second-Wave Feminism and Black Liberation in Washington, D.C.
Leslie Brown is Associate Professor of History at Williams College, and the author of Upbuilding Black Durham.
From 1990-1996, Valk and Brown served as Research Coordinators for the Behind the Veil project.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

Series Editors' Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction We Did Well With What We Had: Remembering Black Life Behind the Veil 1

Chapter 1 The Foundation Was There: Growing up a Girl in the Jim Crow South 17

Chapter 2 What Is Expected of You: Gender and Sexuality 53

Chapter 3 You Are All Under Bondage, Which Is True: Working Lives 79

Chapter 4 A Society Totally Our Own: Institutional and Cultural Life 113

Chapter 5 I Like To Get Something Done: Fighting for Social and Political Change 139

Afterword 173

Appendix A List of Interviews 177

Appendix B Sample Edited Transcript, from Interview Ila J. Blue 181

Notes 185

Index 203

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