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Personal Politics: The Roots of Women's Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left

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The women most crucial to the feminist movement that emerged in the 1960's arrived at their commitment and consciousness in response to the unexpected and often shattering experience of having their work minimized, even disregarded, by the men they considered to be their colleagues and fellow crusaders in the civil rights and radical New Left movements. On the basis of years of research, interviews with dozens of the central figures, and her own personal experience, Evans explores how the political stance of ...

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Personal Politics: The Roots of Women's Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement & the New Left

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The women most crucial to the feminist movement that emerged in the 1960's arrived at their commitment and consciousness in response to the unexpected and often shattering experience of having their work minimized, even disregarded, by the men they considered to be their colleagues and fellow crusaders in the civil rights and radical New Left movements. On the basis of years of research, interviews with dozens of the central figures, and her own personal experience, Evans explores how the political stance of these women was catalyzed and shaped by their sharp disillusionment at a time when their skills as political activists were newly and highly developed, enabling them to join forces to support their own cause.

Shows how women civil rights activists gained enough confidence to rebel against the narrowly defined roles available to them in these male-dominated movements.

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"The book's place among the histories of american women should be secure. By its very scholarship it accords not only the women's movement but the movements from which it sprang a good measure of the historical dignity their complexity deserves."

— Elinor Langer, The New York Times Book Review

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"The book's place among the histories of american women should be secure. By its very scholarship it accords not only the women's movement but the movements from which it sprang a good measure of the historical dignity their complexity deserves."

-- Elinor Langer, The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394742281
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1980
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 597,700
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Evans
Sara Evans

Multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans has garnered such honors as ACM's Female Vocalist of the Year, CMA's Video of the Year, named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People," and the first country star to compete in ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
1 Prologue: Cracks in the Mold 3
2 Southern White Women in a Southern Black Movement 24
3 Going South 60
4 Black Power-Catalyst for Feminism 83
5 A Reassertion of the Personal 102
6 Let the People Decide 126
7 The Failure of Success-Women in the Movement 156
8 The Dam Breaks 193
9 Personal Politics 212
Appendix 233
SNCC Position Paper (Women in the Movement) Sex and Caste
"We Started from Different Ends of the Spectrum" Liberation of Women
Notes 243
Selected Bibliography 257
Index 269
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