Jim Crow Capital: Women and Black Freedom Struggles in Washington, D.C., 1920-1945

Jim Crow Capital: Women and Black Freedom Struggles in Washington, D.C., 1920-1945

by Mary-Elizabeth B. Murphy

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ISBN-13: 9781469646732
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/28/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 292
File size: 11 MB
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Mary-Elizabeth B. Murphy is assistant professor of hstory at Eastern Michigan University.

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Mary-Elizabeth Murphy's nuanced, ground-breaking study shines light on the oft-overlooked roles that black women played in Washington, D.C.'s early twentieth century freedom struggles. Murphy shows how black women in the nation's capital, despite lacking the ballot, waged local and national campaigns for political rights, economic justice, and an end to race-based violence. This book is an invaluable and long overdue contribution to the burgeoning field of D.C. history.—Chris Myers Asch, co-author of Chocolate City: Race & Democracy in the Nation's Capital



The history of African American women's political organizing in interwar Washington, D.C., is important, and Murphy's work lifts up black women's persistence, ingenuity, and courage for us all to learn from and celebrate. The author's argument is fascinating, and her focus on police brutality is timely and revelatory. Washington, D.C., can, as the author implies, serve as both a key example and a progenitor of black women's political activism before the postwar civil rights movement.—Eric S. Yellin, University of Richmond



Murphy's excellent book makes a valuable contribution to the history of the black freedom struggle. Through meticulous research, she deepens our understanding of the strategies that African American women employed to mobilize against racism locally and nationally.—Lisa G. Materson, University of California, Davis

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