Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower - Gender and American Culture (Hardback)Deborah Gray White (editor), Mia Bay (author of contributions), Leslie Brown (author of contributions), Sharon Harley (author of contributions), Darlene Clark Hine (author of contributions), Chana Kai Lee (author of contributions), Jennifer L. Morgan (author of contributions), Nell Irvin Painter (author of contributions), Merline Pitre (author of contributions), Barbara Ransby (author of contributions)
Hardback Published: 15/05/2008
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Making history: personally, professionally, and politically. The field of black women's history gained recognition as a legitimate field of study late in the twentieth century. Collecting stories that are both deeply personal and powerfully political, "Telling Histories" compiles seventeen personal narratives by leading black women historians at various stages in their careers. Their essays illuminate how - first as graduate students and then as professional historians - they entered and navigated the realm of higher education, a world concerned with and dominated by whites and men. In distinct voices and from different vantage points, the personal histories revealed here also tell the story of the struggle to establish a new scholarly field.Black women, alleged by affirmative-action supporters and opponents to be 'twofers', recount how they have confronted racism, sexism, and homophobia on college campuses. They explore how the personal and the political intersect in historical research and writing and in the academy. Organized by the years the contributors earned their Ph.D.'s, these essays follow the black women who entered the field of history during and after the civil rights and black power movements, endured the turbulent 1970s, and opened up the field of black women's history in the 1980s. By comparing the experiences of older and younger generations, this collection makes visible the benefits and drawbacks of the institutionalization of African American and African American women's history. "Telling Histories" captures the voices of these pioneers, intimately and publicly.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 24 mm
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