When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America

When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America

by Paula J. Giddings
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When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America by Paula J. Giddings

When and Where I Enter is an eloquent testimonial to the profound influence of African-American women on race and women's movements throughout American history. Drawing on speeches, diaries, letters, and other original documents, Paula Giddings powerfully portrays how black women have transcended racist and sexist attitudes—often confronting white feminists and black male leaders alike—to initiate social and political reform. From the open disregard for the rights of slave women to examples of today's more covert racism and sexism in civil rights and women'sorganizations, Giddings illuminates the black woman's crusade for equality. In the process, she paints unforgettable portraits of black female leaders, such as anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells, educator and FDR adviser Mary McLeod Bethune, and the heroic civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, among others, who fought both overt and institutionalized oppression.

When and Where I Enter reveals the immense moral power black women possessed and sought to wield throughout their history—the same power that prompted Anna Julia Cooper in 1892 to tell a group of black clergymen, "Only the black woman can say 'when and where I enter, in the quiet, undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or special patronage, then and there the whole . . . race enters with me.'"

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ISBN-13: 9780688146504
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Series: Quill
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 327,748
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)

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Paula J. Giddings is the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor in Afro-American Studies at Smith College and the author of When and Where I Enter and In Search of Sisterhood.

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When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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soulbeast More than 1 year ago
This book covers the history of the woman who happens to be black and her struggle from an abused hostage, demeaned and robbed of identity to a independent soul in re-discovery of herself. An informed write and a good write.
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