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A Black Women's History of the United States

A Black Women's History of the United States

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"A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are--and have always been--instrumental in shaping our country. In centering Black women's stories, two award-winning historians seek both to empower African American women and to show their allies that Black women's unique ability to make their own communities while combatting centuries of oppression is an essential component in our continued resistance to systemic racism and sexism. Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross offer an examination and celebration of Black womanhood, beginning with the first African women who arrived in what became the United States to African American women of today. A Black Women's History of the United States reaches far beyond a single narrative to showcase Black women's lives in all their fraught complexities. Berry and Gross prioritize many voices: enslaved women, freedwomen, religious leaders, artists, queer women, activists, and women who lived outside the law. The result is a starting point for exploring Black women's history and a testament to the beauty, richness, rhythm, tragedy, heartbreak, rage, and enduring love that abounds in the spirit of Black women in communities throughout the nation."--Publisher's website.
Publisher: Boston :, Beacon Press,, [2020]
ISBN: 9780807033555
Branch Call Number: 305.48896 B534b 2020
Characteristics: xii, 273 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Gross, Kali N. 1972-- Author


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Jan 05, 2021

Black women have been left out of history books since history books were written. Many Black women have spearheaded movements throughout history, and were not given credit. Names you may know include Angela Davis and Marsha (Pay No Mind) Johnson thanks to television other forms of social media. Others have been intentionally excluded from history books, until now.

So much progress in terms of civil rights, women's rights, and human rights in the U. S. had been, and continues to be, initiated by Black women. Thank you, and I hear you.

#WakeUpIndy #IndyPLAdults #IndyPLTeens

Jul 15, 2020

This was a wonderful book. It was a relatively quick read as each chapter is only 20-25 pages. The format of each chapter starts out with a vignette about a certain time period and then the reader learns more about Black women's impact on the said time period and then the chapter is summarized in a paragraph at the end. I only wish the book were longer as some of the time periods were very large (1970-2000) so aspects were very glossed over.


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