1st Quill ed.
408 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-393) and index.
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's organizations, 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.
pt. 1. Inventing themselves. "To sell my life as dearly as possible": Ida B. Wells and the first antilynching campaign -- Casting of the die: morality, slavery, and resistance -- To choose again, freely -- Prelude to a movement -- Defending our name -- "To be a woman, sublime": the ideas of the National Black Women's Club movement (to 1917) -- The quest for woman suffrage (before World War I).
pt. 2. A world war and after: the "new negro" woman. Cusp of a new era -- The radical interracialists -- A new era: toward interracial cooperation -- A search for self -- Enter Mary McLeod Bethune -- Black braintruster: Mary McLeod Bethune and the Roosevelt administration -- A second world war and after.
pt. 3. The unfinished revolution. Dress rehearsal for the sixties -- SNCC: coming full circle -- The women's movement and black discontent -- Strong women and strutting men: the Moynihan Report -- a failure of consensus -- Outlook.
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