We Specialize in the Wholly Impossible A Reader in Black Women's History

ISBN-10: 0926019813
ISBN-13: 9780926019812
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 4/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 618
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.662
Language: English

Cutting-edge...I highly recommend the book. -- De Witt S. Dykes, Jr., Oakland University From the introduction: This book was put together to reclaim, and to create heightened awareness about, individuals, contributions, and struggles that have made African-American survival and progress possible. We cannot accurately comprehend either our hidden potential or the full range of problems that besiege us until we know about the successful struggles that generations of foremothers waged against virtually insurmountable obstacles. We can, and will, chart a coherent future and win essential opportunities with a clear understanding of the past in all its pain and glory. Here, in a single volume, is a sweeping panorama of black women's experience throughout history and across classes and continents. Containing over 30 crucial essays by the most influential and prominent scholars in the field, including Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Linda Gordon, and Nell Irvin Painter,We Specialize in the Wholly Impossibleis a comprehensive assessment of black women's lives. The book is divided into six sections: theory; Africa; the Caribbean and Canada; 18th-century United States; 19th-century United States; and 20th-century United States. A remarkably diverse range of topics are covered, with chapters on such subjects as working-class consciousness among Afro-American women; the impact of slavery on family structure; black women missionaries in South Africa; slavery, sharecropping, and sexual inequality; black women during the American Revolution; imprisoned black women in the American West; women's welfare activism; SNCC and black women's activism; and property-owning free African-American women in the 19th-century South.

Darlene Clark Hine was born in Morley, Missouri on February 7, 1947. She received a BA from Roosevelt University in 1968 and a MA and PhD from Kent State University in 1970 and 1975, respectively. She is considered a leading historian of the African American experience who helped found the field of black women's history. She has taught at South Carolina State College, Purdue University, and Michigan State University. She has written numerous books including Black Victory: The Rise and Fall of the White Primary in Texas; When the Truth Is Told: Black Women's Community and Culture in Indiana, 1875-1950; Black Women in White: Racial Conflict and Cooperation in the Nursing Profession, 1890-1950; and Speak Truth to Power: The Black Professional Class in United States History.

Wilma King is Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is author of The Essence of Liberty: Free Black Women during the Slave Era; A Northern Woman in the Plantation South: Letter of Tryphena Blanche Holder Fox 1856--1876; and Children of the Emancipation.

LINDA REED is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Houston.

Introduction
African-American Women's History and the Metalanguage of Race
When Your Work Is Not Who You Are: The Development of a Working-Class Consciousness among Afro-American Women
"What Has Happened Here": The Politics of Difference in Women's History and Feminist Politics
Sexual Demography: The Impact of the Slave Trade on Family Structure
African Women in the Atlantic Slave Trade
Concubinage and the Status of Women Slaves in Early Colonial Northern Nigeria
Give a Thought to Africa: Black Women Missionaries in Southern Africa
Women and Slavery in the Caribbean: A Feminist Perspective
A Study of Two Women's Slave Narratives: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and The History of Mary Prince
Defiance or Submission? The Role of the Slave Woman in Slave Resistance in the British Caribbean
The Search for Mary Bibb, Black Woman Teacher in Nineteenth-Century Canada West
The Double Bonds of Race and Sex: Black and White Women in a Colonial Virginia Parish
Black Women in the Era of the American Revolution in Pennsylvania
From Three-Fifths to Zero: Implications of the Constitution for African-American Women, 1787-1870
Free African-American Women in Savannah, 1800-1860: Affluence and Autonomy Amid Adversity
Property Owning Free African-American Women in the South, 1800-1870
Slavery, Sharecropping, and Sexual Inequality
"A Career to Build, a People to Serve, a Purpose to Accomplish": Race, Class, Gender, and Detroit's First Black Women Teachers, 1865-1916
Still in Chains: Black Women in Western Prisons, 1865-1910
The Southern Side of "Glory": Mississippi African-American Women During the Civil War
Domination and Resistance: The Politics of Wage Household Labor in New South Atlanta
Sojourner Truth in Life and Memory: Writing the Biography of an American Exotic
Black Womanhood in Nineteenth-Century America: Subversion and Self-Construction in Two Women's Autobiographies
Clothing as an Expression of History: The Dress of African-American Women in Georgia, 1880-1915
"Civilization," the Decline of Middle-Class Manliness, and Ida B. Wells's Antilynching Campaign (1892-94)
Black Club Women and the Creation of the National Association of Colored Women
Black and White Visions of Welfare: Women's Welfare Activism, 1890-1945
Discontented Black Feminists: Prelude and Postscript to the Passage of the Nineteenth Amendment
The Black Community and the Birth Control Movement
And Still I Rise: Black Women and Reform, Buffalo, New York, 1900-1940
"We All Seem Like Brothers and Sisters": The African-American Community in Manhattan, Kansas, 1865-1940
Black Women Activists and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: The Case of Ruby Doris Smith Robinson
Notes on Editors and Contributors
Copyrights and Permissions
Index

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