Stepping Forward

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821414569
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

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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
Notes 271
Contributors 313
Index 317
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