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Title African American women and the vote, 1837-1965 / edited by Ann D. Gordon with Bettye Collier-Thomas [and others].
Imprint Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.

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Subject African Americans -- Suffrage -- History.
Women -- Suffrage -- United States -- History.
Suffragists -- United States -- History.
African American women social reformers -- History.
African American women -- Political activity -- History.
Alt Name Gordon, Ann D. (Ann Dexter)
Collier-Thomas, Bettye.
Description 1 online resource (217 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-214).
Contents African American women and the vote : an overview / Rosalyn Terborg-Penn -- Architects of a vision : Black women and their antebellum quest for political and social equality / Willi Coleman -- Frances Ellen Watkins Harper : abolitionist and feminist reformer, 1825-1911 / Bettye Collier-Thomas -- To catch the vision of freedom : reconstructing Southern Black women's political history, 1865-1880 / Elsa Barkley Brown -- The quest for justice : African American women litigants, 1867-1890 / Janice Sumler-Edmond.
Advancement of the race through African American women's organizations in the South, 1895-1925 / Cynthia Neverdon-Morton -- Clubwomen and electoral politics in the 1920s / Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham -- From Progressive Republican to Independent Progressive : the political career of Charlotta A. Bass / Gerald R. Gill -- Shining in the dark : Black women and the struggle for the vote, 1955-1965 / Martha Prescod Norman -- Directions for scholarships / Bettina Aptheker.
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Summary Written by leading scholars of African American and women's history, the essays in this volume seek to reconceptualize the political history of black women in the United States by placing them "at the center of our thinking." The book explores how slavery, racial discrimination, and gender shaped the goals that African American women set for themselves, their families, and their race and looks at the political tools at their disposal. By identifying key turning points for black women, the essays create a new chronology and a new paradigm for historical analysis. The chronology begins in 1837 with the interracial meeting of antislavery women in New York City and concludes with the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
The contributors focus on specific examples of women pursuing a dual ambition: to gain full civil and political rights and to improve the social conditions of African Americans. Together, the essays challenge us to rethink common generalizations that govern much of our historical thinking about the experience of African American women.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
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ISBN 0585083525 (electronic bk.)
9780585083520 (electronic bk.)
9781558490581 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9781558490598 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 43475507
Additional Format Print version: African American women and the vote, 1837-1965. Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 1997 1558490582 (DLC) 96014881 (OCoLC)34549080
Table of Contents
 Introduction / Ann D. Gordon1
 African American Women and the Vote: An Overview / Rosalyn Terborg-Penn10
 Architects of a Vision: Black Women and Their Antebellum Quest for Political and Social Equality / Willi Coleman24
 Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Abolitionist and Feminist Reformer, 1825-1911 / Bettye Collier-Thomas41
 To Catch the Vision of Freedom: Reconstructing Southern Black Women's Political History, 1865-1880 / Elsa Barkley Brown66
 The Quest for Justice: African American Women Litigants, 1867-1890 / Janice Sumler-Edmond100
 Advancement of the Race through African American Women's Organizations in the South, 1895-1925 / Cynthia Neverdon-Morton120
 Clubwomen and Electoral Politics in the 1920s / Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham134
 From Progressive Republican to Independent Progressive: The Political Career of Charlotta A. Bass / Gerald R. Gill156
 Shining in the Dark: Black Women and the Struggle for the Vote, 1955-1965 / Martha Prescod Norman172
 Directions for Scholarship / Bettina Aptheker200
 Suggestions for Further Reading211
 Notes on Contributors215

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