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Little Romances and Mulatta Heroines: Passing for a “True Woman” in Frances Harper’s Iola Leroy and Pauline Hopkins’s Contending Forces

Teresa C. Zackodnik

in The Mulatta and the Politics of Race

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604735543
eISBN:
9781604730579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604735543.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines true womanhood in relation to white womanhood within the framework of a dialectical and exclusionary relationship to black womanhood. It looks at how early black feminists ... More


In Defense of Black Womanhood: Race, Gender, Class, and the Politics of Interracial Solidarity, 1945–1951

Dayo F. Gore

in Radicalism at the Crossroads: African American Women Activists in the Cold War

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814732366
eISBN:
9780814733028
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814732366.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter analyzes the writings of black women radicals such as Thelma Dale Perkins, Beulah Richardson, Alice Childress, and Claudia Jones, who engaged public conversation over dominant ... More


A Second hand Kind of Terror: Grace Halsell and the Ironies of Empathy

Alisha Gaines

in Black for a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632834
eISBN:
9781469632858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632834.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter Three considers the political, racial, and social crises plaguing the late 1960s by reading Soul Sister, Grace Halsell’s 1969 memoir. A freelance journalist and a White House staff writer for ... More


Culture in the City

Tanya Hart

in Health in the City: Race, Poverty, and the Negotiation of Women's Health in New York City, 1915-1930

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479867998
eISBN:
9781479875184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479867998.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter presents Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's speech on black mothering for Brooklyn women, and incorporates popular cultural artifacts—work and blues songs, poetry, folklore, and short ... More


“When and Where I Enter …”: Orientalism in Anna Julia Cooper’s Narratives of Modern Black Womanhood

Helen Heran Jun

in Race for Citizenship: Black Orientalism and Asian Uplift from Pre-Emancipation to Neoliberal America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814742976
eISBN:
9780814743324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814742976.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter focuses on the work of the nineteenth-century black female intellectual Anna Julia Cooper and examines why discourses of Oriental difference were crucial to her paradigm of black ... More


Queen of the Virgins: Pageantry and Black Womanhood in the Caribbean

M. Cynthia Oliver

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732429
eISBN:
9781604733488
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732429.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Beauty pageants are wildly popular in the U.S. Virgin Islands, outnumbering any other single performance event and capturing the attention of the local people from toddlers to seniors. Local beauty ... More


Easy Women: Black Beauty in Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins Mystery Series

Lisa B. Thompson

in Finding a Way Home: A Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley's Fiction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730883
eISBN:
9781604733358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730883.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter discusses how Walter Mosley’s rendering of African American women, particularly EttaMae Harris, a recurring character in the Easy Rawlins series, presents an alternative aesthetic in ... More


Teaching Welty’s A Curtain of Green in an American Studies Freshman Seminar

Susan V. Donaldson

in Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-First-Century Approaches

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496814531
eISBN:
9781496814579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496814531.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This essay focuses on introducing students in an American Studies intensive writing freshman seminar on southern women writers to the cultural context of Eudora Welty’s first volume A Curtain of ... More


Contextualizing Race and Gender in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

Naomi André

in Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041921
eISBN:
9780252050619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041921.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter addresses Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess story as it was told in 1935 awash in minstrel characterizations and then adapted in 2011 on Broadway to rethink how the depth inherent in the ... More


The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam

Ula Yvette Taylor

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469633930
eISBN:
9781469633954
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633930.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The patriarchal structure of the Nation of Islam (NOI) promised black women the prospect of finding a provider and a protector among the organization’s men, who were fiercely committed to these ... More


Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood

Ruth Nicole Brown

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037979
eISBN:
9780252095245
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037979.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This book examines how Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths, or SOLHOT, a radical youth intervention, provides a space for the creative performance and expression of Black girlhood and how this ... More


Epilogue

Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel

in Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042935
eISBN:
9780252051791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042935.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

The conclusion considers works by a subsequent generation of writers and their visions for women’s political organizing and intellectual production. AWA: La Revue de la femme noire, a woman-centered ... More


On Women, Rights, and Writing: June Jordan and Alice Walker

Cheryl A. Wall

in On Freedom and the Will to Adorn: The Art of the African American Essay

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781469646909
eISBN:
9781469646923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646909.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter charts the relationship between two prolific African American essayists, June Jordan and Alice Walker. Unlike Ellison and Baldwin, who were contemporaries but not allies, Jordan and ... More


Held for Trial

Kali Nicole Gross

in Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780190241216
eISBN:
9780190494407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241216.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Chapter 5 follows the case through the coroner’s inquest and subsequent finding by a grand jury that George Wilson and Hannah Mary Tabbs face murder charges. Building on the arguments in chapter 4, ... More


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