Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington, D.C.

Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington, D.C.

by Treva B. Lindsey

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Home to established African American institutions and communities, Washington, D.C., offered women in the New Negro movement a unique setting for the fight against racial and gender oppression. Colored No More traces how African American women of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth century made significant strides toward making the nation's capital a more equal and dynamic urban center.

Treva B. Lindsey presents New Negro womanhood as a multidimensional space that included race women, blues women, mothers, white collar professionals, beauticians, fortune tellers, sex workers, same-gender couples, artists, activists, and innovators. Drawing from these differing but interconnected African American women's spaces, Lindsey excavates a multifaceted urban and cultural history of struggle toward a vision of equality that could emerge and sustain itself. Upward mobility to equal citizenship for African American women encompassed challenging racial, gender, class, and sexuality status quos. Lindsey maps the intersection of these challenges and their place at the core of New Negro womanhood.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252082511
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 03/29/2017
Series: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in American History
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Treva B. Lindsey is an associate professor of women's, gender, and sexuality studies at The Ohio State University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Climbing the Hilltop: New Negro Womanhood at Howard University 25

2 Make Me Beautiful: Aesthetic Discourses of New Negro Womanhood 52

3 Performing and Politicizing "Ladyhood": Black Washington Women and New Negro Suffrage Activism 86

4 Saturday at the S Street Salon: New Negro Women Playwrights 111

Conclusion: Turn-of-the-Century Black Womanhood 137

Notes 145

Bibliography 159

Index 177

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