Private Politics and Public Voices: Black Women's Activism from World War I to the New Deal

Private Politics and Public Voices: Black Women's Activism from World War I to the New Deal

by Nikki Brown
     
 

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This political history of middle-class African American women during
World War I focuses on their patriotic activity and social work. Nearly 200,000
African American men joined the Allied forces in France. At home, black clubwomen
raised more than $125 million in wartime donations and assembled "comfort
kits" for black soldiers, with chocolate,

Overview

This political history of middle-class African American women during
World War I focuses on their patriotic activity and social work. Nearly 200,000
African American men joined the Allied forces in France. At home, black clubwomen
raised more than $125 million in wartime donations and assembled "comfort
kits" for black soldiers, with chocolate, cigarettes, socks, a bible, and
writing materials. Given the hostile racial climate of the day, why did black women
make considerable financial contributions to the American and Allied war effort?
Brown argues that black women approached the war from the nexus of the private
sphere of home and family and the public sphere of community and labor activism.
Their activism supported their communities and was fueled by a personal attachment
to black soldiers and black families. Private Politics and Public Voices follows
their lives after the war, when they carried their debates about race relations into
public political activism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253112392
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Series:
Blacks in the Diaspora
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Nikki Brown is Associate Professor and Head of the History Department at
Grambling State University in Louisiana.

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