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Black Women in America

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January 1995 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This stimulating volume challenges the tendency to represent African-American women's experiences as a monolithic whole. The interdisciplinary approach organized around the theme of activism enables an unusual and inventive selection of topics to be presented. The history, culture, sociology and psychology of black women are richly represented.
Kim Marie Vaz
Introduction
Black Women's Lives and Cultural Contexts

 
 
PART ONE: IN OPPOSITION: BLACK WOMEN'S SOCIAL HISTORY THROUGH THE LENS OF THEIR ACTIVISM
Barbara A Moss
African Women's Legacy
Ambiguity, Autonomy, and Empowerment

 
Shirley J Yee
Organizing for Racial Justice
Black Women and the Dynamics of Race and Sex in Female Antislavery Societies, 1832-1860

 
Dorothy C Salem
Black Women and the NAACP, 1909-1922
An Encounter With Race, Class, and Gender

 
Mary C Pruitt
Racial Justice in Minnesota
The Activism of Mary Toliver Jones and Josie Robinson Johnson

 
Deborah Brown Carter
The Impact of the Civil Rights Movement on the Unionization of African-American Women
Local 282-Furniture Division-IUE, 1960-1988

 
M Rivka Polatnick
Poor Black Sisters Decided for Themselves
A Case Study of 1960s Women's Liberation Activism

 
Joy James
Searching for a Tradition
African-American Women Writers, Activist, and Interracial Rape Cases

 
 
PART TWO: IMAGE WARS: LITERARY AND POPULAR CONSTRUCTIONS OF BLACK WOMEN
Baltasar Fra-Molinero
The Condition of Black Women in Spain during the Renaissance
Madelin Joan Olds
The Rape Complex in the Postbellum South
Bridget A Aldaraca
On the Use of Medical Diagnosis as Name-Calling
Anita F Hill and the Rediscovery of 'Erotomania'

 
Elizabeth Hadley Freydberg
Sapphires, Spitfires, Sluts, and Superbitches
Aframericans and Latinas in Contemporary American Film

 
Shirley M Geiger
African-American Single Mothers
Public Perceptions and Public Policies

 
 
PART THREE: PERFORMING THEIR VISIONS
Charles I Nero
'Oh, What I Think I Must Tell This World!'
Oratory and Public Address of African-American Women

 
Linda D Williams
Before Althea and Wilma
African-American Women in Sports, 1924-1948

 
Melanye White-Dixon
Black Women in Concert Dance
The Philadelphia Divas

 
Robin Roberts
Sisters in the Name of Rap
Rapping for Women's Lives

 
 
PART FOUR: CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOSOCIAL CHALLENGES
Bernita C Berry
Life Satisfaction and the Older African-American Woman
Aaron A Smith
Sisterhood among African-American Mothers of Daughters Addicted to Crack Cocaine
 
Appendix
Gwynne L Jenkins
Appendix: A Brief Guide to Resources by and about African-American Women

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