To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism

To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism

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Black women undertook an energetic and unprecedented engagement with internationalism from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s. In many cases, their work reflected a complex effort to merge internationalism with issues of women's rights and with feminist concerns. To Turn the Whole World Over examines these and other issues with a collection of cutting-edge essays on black women's internationalism in this pivotal era and beyond. Analyzing the contours of gender within black internationalism, scholars examine the range and complexity of black women's global engagements. At the same time, they focus on these women's remarkable experiences in shaping internationalist movements and dialogues. The essays explore the travels and migrations of black women; the internationalist writings of women from Paris to Chicago to Spain; black women advocating for internationalism through art and performance; and the involvement of black women in politics, activism, and global freedom struggles. Contributors: Nicole Anae, Keisha N. Blain, Brandon R. Byrd, Stephanie Beck Cohen, Anne Donlon, Tiffany N. Florvil, Kim Gallon, Dayo F. Gore, Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel, Grace V. Leslie, Michael O. West, and Julia Erin Wood

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252084119
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 03/16/2019
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 397,174
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Keisha N. Blain teaches history at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom. Tiffany M. Gill is an associate professor of history and Africana studies at the University of Delaware. She is the author of Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women's Activism in the Beauty Industry.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Black Women and the Complexities of Internationalism Keisha N. Blain Tiffany M. Gill 1

Part I Travel and Migrations

1 "We Are Negroes!" The Haitian Zambo, Racial Spectacle, and the Performance of Black Women's Internationalism, 1863-1877 Brandon R. Byrd 15

2 Feminist Networks and Diasporic Practices: Eslanda Robeson's Travels in Africa Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel 38

3 Black Women's Internationalism and the Chicago Defender during the "Golden Age of Haitian Tourism" Kim Gallon 55

4 "Distant Ties": May Ayim's Transnational Solidarity and Activism Tiffany N. Florvil 74

Part II Creating Black Internationalism

5 Thyra Edwards's Spanish Civil War Scrapbook: Black Women's Internationalist Writing Anne Donlon 101

6 "They Will All Be My Color": Nina Mae McKinney and Black Internationalism in 1930s Australia Nicole Anae 123

7 Stitched Networks: Liberian Quilters, Transatlantic Diplomacy, and Community Stephanie Beck Cohen 149

Part III Political Activism and Global Freedom Struggles

8 "Confraternity Among All Dark Races": Mittie Maude Lena Gordon and the Practice of Black (Inter)nationalism in Chicago, 1932-1942 Keisha N. Blain 171

9 "United, We Build a Free World": The Internationalism of Mary McLeod Bethune and the National Council of Negro Women Grace V. Leslie 192

10 "What That Meant to Me": SNCC Women, the 1964 Guinea Trip, and Black Internationalism Julia Erin Wood 219

11 "A Common Rallying Call": Yield Garvin in China and the Making of US Third World Solidarity Politics Dayo F. Gore 235

Afterword: Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea Michael O. West 257

Contributors 273

Index 277

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