Black Women Abolitionists: Study In Activism, 1828-1860 (Paperback)Shirley J. Yee (author)
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In championing both their race and their sex, female black abolitionists found themselves caught between the sexism of the antislavery movement and the racism of the (white) women's movement. Through their writing, speeches, petitions, and participation in antislavery and self-help organizations, these women established a pattern of black female activism-centered on community-building, political organizing, and forging a network of friendships with other activists-that served as a model for later generations of black women.
Drawing on a wide array of previously untapped primary sources, Shirley Yee examines the activism of black women in the Northeast, the Midwest, and, to some extent, California and Canada. The activists' experiences render heartbreakingly clear the pervasiveness of middle-class white values in antebellum America and the contradictions and ironies inherent in prevailing conceptions of "freedom."
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Number of pages: 216
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