By Rita B. Dandridge

ISBN-10: 0820467340

ISBN-13: 9780820467344

Black Women’s Activism is the 1st book-length learn of African American women’s ancient romances. This e-book examines romances written from 1989 to the current, and discusses their black heroines’ resistance at specific moments in history—from the colonization circulate to the Texas oil growth. Socio-historical views, a womanist schedule, and an African-centered outlook tell the readings of lady characters within the narratives of Francine Craft, homosexual G. Gunn, Shirley Hailstock, Beverly Jenkins, and Anita Richmond Bunkley. Broadening the scope of the old romance style, and increasing the canon of African American literature, this e-book presents a extra entire photo of the black woman personality and addresses gender concerns formerly unexplored in black fiction. this article will be utilized by librarians, historians, literary critics, writers, university- and graduate-level scholars, lecturers, and romance readers.

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Their preparations for race, gender, and class battles follow the mandate of Maria W. Stewart, who argued for the “spirit of men,” bold and courageous, as an important formula for black women’s self-empowerment. These strong heroines expand the range of mulattas in nineteenth-century fiction who were decidedly feminine, distanced from brothels, and always unarmed in a crisis. 2 Civil War Volunteerism The Call to Reconstitute Family Sable Fontaine in Beverly Jenkins’s Through the Storm As the Civil War ruptured black slave kinship groups, black women volunteered to reconstruct the family.

Othermothers,” a term I borrow from Patricia Hill Collins,7 came to the rescue of defenseless children whose parents were lost, kidnapped, remanded to slavery, or dead. The disadvantages of race presented gender and class challenges. Nineteenth-century black women, therefore, politicized the disruption of black families. They wrote themselves into a white patriarchal history that Civil War Volunteerism | 39 absolved itself of any duty to ease black families into freedom and that too often looked upon blacks at emancipation as irresponsibly dependent, promiscuous, and vile.

They insisted on black labor for the expansion of their colonies and the development of the cotton fields and sugar plantations, and they forced their slaves to indenture themselves for years by signing irrevocable contracts. 7 Marmaduke D. 9 Texas’s fight for independence and for legalized slavery coincided with the struggle of free blacks nationwide to pursue freedom and full citizenship status. Full citizenship meant freedom from random attacks brought about by whites’ fear of slave uprisings and by the growing free black population.

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