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Too Heavy a Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994
     

Too Heavy a Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994

by Deborah Gray White
 

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ISBN-10: 039331992X

ISBN-13: 9780393319927

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"Meticulously researched. . . . Too Heavy a Load reads like a wonderful historical novel."—Akilah Monifa, EmergeToo Heavy a Load celebrates this century's rich history of black women defending themselves, from Ida B. Wells to Anita Hill. Although most prominently a history of the century-long struggle against racism and male chauvinism, Deborah Gray White also

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"Meticulously researched. . . . Too Heavy a Load reads like a wonderful historical novel."—Akilah Monifa, EmergeToo Heavy a Load celebrates this century's rich history of black women defending themselves, from Ida B. Wells to Anita Hill. Although most prominently a history of the century-long struggle against racism and male chauvinism, Deborah Gray White also movingly illuminates black women's painful struggle to hold their racial and gender identities intact while feeling the inexorable pull of the agendas of white women and black men. Finally, it tells the larger and lamentable story of how Americans began this century measuring racial progress by the status of black women but gradually came to focus on the status of black men-the masculinization of America's racial consciousness. Writing with the same magisterial eye for historical detail as in her best-selling Ar'n't I a Woman, Deborah Gray White has given us a moving and definitive history of struggle and freedom. "Splendid . . . a broad and sweeping history that becomes an intensely personal experience for the reader. . . . An inspiring showcase of scholarship and sistership." - Nell Irvin Painter, Raleigh News & Observer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393319927
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
436,783
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations9
Acknowledgments11
Introduction Divided Against Myself13
Chapter One The First Step in Nation-Making21
Chapter Two The Dilemmas of Nation-Making56
Chapter Three Their Own Best Argument87
Chapter Four A New Era110
Chapter Five Rethinking Place142
Chapter Six The Sacrifices of Unity176
Chapter Seven Making a Way Out of No Way212
Epilogue The Past and Future Meet257
Notes267
Index311

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