AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN 2OTH-CENTURY AMERICA
BOOK COMMENTS: African American Women in the 20th Century
I promised Amanda @ opinonsofawolf that I would suggest a couple of good books about African American women in the late 20th century. Here are a couple that I have read recently and highly recommend.
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, by Melissa V. Harris-Perry. Yale University Press (2011), Hardcover, 392 pages.
The one book everyone should read. I will post a review of it in a week or two.
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance, by Danielle L. McGuire. Knopf (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 352 pages.
The story of black women, and the black community generally, struggling to protect young women from sexual assaults from white men and to hold the men accountable. An untold thread of events leading into the Civil Rights Movement. Excellent scholarship and full of surprises.
Hands on the freedom plow : personal accounts by women in SNCC, by Faith Holsaert, and others. University of Illinois Press, (2010).
Personal accounts by black and white women looking back on what they did and how they felt. Not the most important of the books by and about black women in the civil rights movement, but one I have read recently and found very moving.
Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower, edited by Deborah Gray White. The University of North Carolina Press (2008), Paperback, 304 pages.
Highly educated, highly professional women describing their entry into a traditionally white male bastion. If you think we have moved beyond stereotypes, read this. Contributors are members of the Association of Black Women Historians who complied the reading list correcting depictions in the book and movie Help, the list being read at Real Help.