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A unique and important study, Stepping Forward examines the experiences of nineteenth- and twentieth-century black women in Africa and African diaspora communities from a variety of perspectives in a number of different settings.
This wide-ranging collection designed for classroom use explores the broad themes that have shaped black women's goals, options, and responses: religion, education, political activism, migration, and cultural transformation. Essays by leading scholars in the field examine the lives of black women in the United States and the Caribbean Basin; in the white settler societies of Kenya, Zimbabwe, and South Africa; and in the black settler societies of Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Among the contributors to this volume are historians, political scientists, and scholars of literature, music, and law. What emerges from their work is an image of black women's agency, self-reliance, and resiliency. Despite cultural differences and geographical variations, black women have provided foundations on which black communities have not only survived, but also thrived. Stepping Forward is a valuable addition to our understanding of women's roles in these diverse communities.
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|Ch. 1||British Colonial Policy toward Education and the Roots of Gender Inequality in Sierra Leone, 1896-1961||3|
|Ch. 2||Agency and Constructions of Professional Identity: African American Women Educators in the Rural South||17|
|Ch. 3||The Search for Anna Erskine: African American Women in Nineteenth-Century Liberia||31|
|Ch. 4||Image and Representation: Black Women in Historical Accounts of Colonial Jamaica||44|
|Ch. 5||Helping Ourselves: Black Women and Grassroots Activism in Segregated South Africa, 1922-1952||59|
|Ch. 6||African American Clubwomen and the Indianapolis NAACP, 1912-1914||73|
|Ch. 7||Witchcraft, Women, and Taxes in the Transkei, South Africa, 1930-1963||87|
|Ch. 8||"Mwen na rien, Msieu": Jamaica Kincaid and the Problem of a Creole Gnosis||100|
|Ch. 9||No Place to Call Home: Refugee and Internally Displaced Women in Kenya||117|
|Ch. 10||"The Sisters and Mothers Are Called to the City": African American Women and an Even Greater Migration||129|
|Ch. 11||Mai Chaza and the Politics of Motherhood in Colonial Zimbabwe||143|
|Ch. 12||Standing Their Ground: Black Women's Sacred Daily Life||158|
|Ch. 13||Gender and Political Struggle in Kenya, 1948-1998||173|
|Ch. 14||"The lady folk is a doer": Women and the Civil Rights Movement in Claiborne County, Mississippi||189|
|Ch. 15||Strategies for Survival by Luo Female Artists in the Rural Environment in Kenya||205|
|Ch. 16||Wild and Holy Women in the Poetry of Brenda Marie Osbey||227|
|Ch. 17||Owning What We Know: Racial Controversies in South African Feminism, 1991-1998||245|
|Ch. 18||Decolonizing Culture: The Media, Black Women, and Law||257|