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African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000

African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000

by Shirley Ann Wilson Moore, Quintard Taylor


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African American Women Confront the West, 1600–2000 is the first major historical anthology on the topic. The editors argue that African American women in the West played active, though sometimes unacknowledged, roles in shaping the political, ideological, and social currents that have influenced the United States over the past three centuries.

Contributors to this volume explore African American women’s life experiences in the West, their influences on the experiences of the region’s diverse peoples, and their legacy in rural and urban communities from Montana to Texas and from California to Kansas. The essayists explore what it has meant to be an African American woman, from the era of Spanish colonial rule in eighteenth-century New Mexico to the black power era of the 1960s and 1970s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806139791
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Shirley Ann Wilson Moore is Professor Emerita at California State University Sacramento, where she specialized in U.S. and African American history. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989. Moore is the author of To Place Our Deeds: The African American Community in Richmond, California, 1910–1963 and coeditor, with Quintard Taylor, of African American Women Confront the West, 1600–2000.

Quintard Taylor is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     x
The West of African American Women, 1600-2000   Shirley Ann Wilson Moore   Quintard Taylor     3
African American Women in Western History: Past and Prospect   Glenda Riley     22
The Spanish-Mexican Period
Isabel De Olvera Arrives in New Mexico     31
To Be Black and Female in the Spanish Southwest: Toward a History of African Women on New Spain's Far Northern Frontier   Dedra S. McDonald     32
The Antebellum West
A Texas Slave's Letter to Her Husband, 1862     55
Mining a Mythic Past: The History of Mary Ellen Pleasant   Lynn M. Hudson     56
A Voice from the Oppressed to the Friends of Humanity     71
Rights of Passage: Gendered-Rights Consciousness and the Quest for Freedom, San Francisco, California, 1850-1870   Barbara Y. Welke     73
The Post-Civil War Era
"Anxious Foot Soldiers": Sacramento's Black Women and Education in Nineteenth-Century California   Susan Bragg     97
Willianna Hickman's Nicodemus Saga     117
Homesteading on the Plains: The Ava Speese Day Story     119
Women of the Great Falls African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1870-1910   Peggy Riley     122
Kate D. Chapman Describes Blacks inYankton, Dakota Territory     140
A Black Woman on the Montana Frontier     142
"Is There No Blessing for Me?": Jane Elizabeth Manning James, A Mormon African American Woman   Ronald G. Coleman     144
The Early Twentieth Century
"The Mountains Were Free and We Loved Them": Dr. Ruth Flowers of Boulder, Colorado   Susan Armitage     165
Nettie J. Asberry: African American Club Woman in the Pacific Northwest     178
Susie Revels Cayton, Beatrice Morrow Cannady, and the Campaign for Social Justice in the Pacific Northwest   Quintard Taylor     189
Marcus Garvey: A Seattle Woman Remembers     205
"Try Being a Black Woman!": Jobs in Denver, 1900-1970   Moya B. Hansen     207
Hattie McDaniel Wins an Oscar     228
From Peola to Carmen: Fredi Washington, Dorothy Dandridge, and Hollywood's Portrayal of the Tragic Mulatto   Alicia I. Rodriquez-Estrada     230
World War II
Lyn Childs Confronts a Racist Act     251
Etta Germany Writes to the President     253
"Women Made the Community": African American Migrant Women and the Cultural Transformation of the San Francisco East Bay Area   Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo     254
"Eight Dollars a Day and Working in the Shade": An Oral History of African American Migrant Women in the Las Vegas Gaming Industry    Claytee D. White     276
The Civil Rights Era
Lulu B. White and the Integration of the University of Texas, 1945-1950   Merline Pitre     293
Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher and the U.S. Supreme Court     309
Lucinda Todd and the Invisible Petitioners of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas   Cheryl Brown Henderson     312
Clara Luper and the Civil Rights Movement in Oklahoma City, 1958-1964   Linda Williams Reese     328
Elaine Brown: Black Panther     344
Black Radicalism in 1960s California: Women in the Black Panther Party   Jane Rhodes     346
Selected Bibliography     363
List of Contributors     373
Index     377

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