Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and Torchbearers, 1941-1965

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"[Women in the Civil Rights Movement] helps break the gender line that restricted women in civil rights history to background and backstage roles, and places them in front, behind, and in the middle of the Southern movement that re-made America.... It is an invaluable resource which helps set history straight." —Julian Bond

"... remains one of the best single sources currently available on the unique contributions of Black women in the desegregation movement." —Manning Marable

Rewrites the history of the civil ...

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"[Women in the Civil Rights Movement] helps break the gender line that restricted women in civil rights history to background and backstage roles, and places them in front, behind, and in the middle of the Southern movement that re-made America.... It is an invaluable resource which helps set history straight." —Julian Bond

"... remains one of the best single sources currently available on the unique contributions of Black women in the desegregation movement." —Manning Marable

Rewrites the history of the civil rights movement, recognizing the contributions of Black women.

Indiana University Press

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Library Journal
The scholarly essays in this volume indicate ``that women had a multiplicity of roles in the civil rights movement and that not all experienced it in the same way.'' Articles range from surveys of black women's roles to those examining the struggles of specific groups of women during events such as the Montgomery bus boycott. Several papers highlight individual achievements, e.g., Fannie Lou Hamer or Septima P. Clark. Many works on the history of the Civil Rights movement have appeared recently, including Taylor Branch's Pulitzer Prize-winning Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 (LJ 1/89) and Robert Weisbrot's Freedom Bound: A History of America's Civil Rights Movement (Norton, 1990). However, the papers here represent the first scholarly study focused on black women . This important work belongs in all academic and large public libraries. --Cindy Faries, Pennsylvania State Univ. Lib., University Park
Booknews
The 16th volume in a series published by Carlson Publishing Inc., PO Box 023350, Brooklyn, NY 11202-0067. Seventeen papers presented at the conference on [title] held in Atlanta, Georgia, October 1988 focus on contributions of African-American women during the civil rights movement as activists, journalists, students, entertainers, and attorneys. The studies bring forth important, yet little known, individual and collective efforts that demonstrate the extent of women's leadership in the movement. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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VICKI L. CRAWFORD is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Morehouse College. JACQUELINE ANNE ROUSE, Associate Professor at Morehouse College and Assistant Editor of the Journal of Negro History, is the author of Lugenia Burns Hope: Black Southern Reformer. BARBARA WOODS is Chair of the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Hampton University.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Editors' Introduction
1 Men Led, but Women Organized: Movement Participation of Women in the Mississippi Delta 1
2 Beyond the Human Self: Grassroots Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement 13
3 Is This America? Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party 27
4 Civil Rights Women: A Source for Doing Womanist Theology 39
5 Ella Baker and the Origins of "Participatory Democracy" 51
6 Trailblazers: Women in the Montgomery Bus Boycott 71
7 Septima P. Clark and the Struggle for Human Rights 85
8 Modjeska Simkins and the South Carolina Conference of the NAACP, 1939-1957 99
9 Gloria Richardson and the Cambridge Movement 121
10 The Women of Highlander 145
11 The South Carolina Sea Island Citizenship Schools, 1957-1961 169
12 The Role of Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement 183
13 Women as Culture Carriers in the Civil Rights Movement: Fannie Lou Hamer 203
14 Behind the Scenes: Doris Derby, Denise Nicholas and the Free Southern Theater 219
15 A Reluctant but Persistent Warrior: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Early Civil Rights Movement 233
16 Methodist Women Integrate Schools and Housing, 1952-1959 251
17 "And the Pressure Never Let Up": Black Women, White Women, and the Boston YWCA, 1918-1948 259
The Contributors 271
Index 277
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