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Abiding Courage African American Migrant Women and the East Bay Community

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ISBN-10: 0807845639

ISBN-13: 9780807845639

Edition: 2nd 1996

Authors: Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo

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Between 1940 and 1945, thousands of African Americans migrated from the South to the East Bay Area of northern California in search of the social and economic mobility that was associated with the region's expanding defense industry and its reputation for greater racial tolerance. Drawing on fifty oral interviews with migrants as well as on archival and other written records,Abiding Courageexamines the experiences of the African American women who migrated west and built communities there. Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo vividly shows how women made the transition from southern domestic and field work to jobs in an industrial, wartime economy. At the same time, they were struggling to keep their families together, establishing new households, and creating community-sustaining networks and institutions. While white women shouldered the double burden of wage labor and housework, black women faced even greater challenges: finding houses and schools, locating churches and medical services, and contending with racism. By focusing on women, Lemke-Santangelo provides new perspectives on where and how social change takes place and how community is established and maintained.
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Book details

List price: $37.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/19/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

He is an associate professor of sociology & former director of the Center for Latin American & Iberian Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of four other books, including Feeding a Hungry Planet & Inside Development in Latin America.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
It Was Just like Living in Two Worlds: Growing Up in the Jim Crow South 1910-1940
To Make the Two Worlds One: Migration from the South to the San Francisco East Bay Area
I Never Thought I'D Have to Create All That Making New Homes In the East Bay Area
I Always Desired Independence, Never Wealth
Never Denied Where I Came From Migrant Women And Their Cultural Work In the East Bay
If We Didn't Do It, It Just Wouldn't Get Done Migrant Women And Collective Action In The East Bay
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography . . . . .
Index