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A Black Women's History of the United States

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A Black Women's History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross
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Feb 04, 2020 | ISBN 9780807033555

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Praise

“This book is a font of inspiration . . . A compact, exceptionally diverse introduction to the history of black women in America.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“A substantial addition to popular history. Will likely be well-received by black women seeking better historical representation and by allies looking to educate themselves about black history.”
Library Journal, Starred Review

“A welcome addition to the library of any history enthusiast, A Black Women’s History of the United States is an absorbing read.”
Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

“Captivating, highly readable . . . A timely and much-needed restoration.”
Booklist

“This book is a gift to anyone interested in a more complete—a more truthful—story about the United States. By starting the history about Black women on this land with us as free people and as people agitating for our freedom, by prioritizing all Black women’s voices and coming up to the present day, Dr. Gross and Dr. Berry illuminate greater possibilities for our collective freedom dreams and struggles for collective liberation.”
—Charlene A. Carruthers, author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements

A Black Women’s History of the United States is an extraordinary contribution to our collective understanding of the most profound injustices and equalities, as well as the most committed struggles to realize true justice and equality, that have shaped this nation since its birth. Through the courageous and complex voices of black women, and with deft attention to the lives that black women have led from the earliest moments of conquest and colonialism to the dawn of the twenty-first century, historians Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Gross have utterly upended traditional accounts of the American past in ways most desperately needed in our American present.”
—Heather Ann Thompson, historian and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

“Remarkably comprehensive and accessible, introductory and sophisticated, two ground-breaking historians have come together to produce a ground-breaking new history of Black women in the United States. To know the story of the United States is to know this indispensable story.”
—Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist

“A powerful and important book that charts the rich and dynamic history of Black women in the United States. It shows how these courageous women challenged racial and gender oppression and boldly asserted their authority and visions of freedom even in the face of resistance. This book is required reading for anyone interested in social justice.”
—Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom

“Black women have always been at the front line of change, and A Black Women’s History of the United States shows us in no uncertain terms that our DNA will have us here sculpting and writing the next chapters. Tell your sisters, mothers, and daughters to get this book for someone they love, because we owe it to ourselves, our daughters, our sons, and our future, to know the history that isn’t being taught in our schools. And it starts with us.”
—Anika Noni Rose, actor, producer, and singer

Table Of Contents

Authors’ Note

INTRODUCTION
Nannie’s Legacy and the Histories of Black Women

CHAPTER ONE
Isabel’s Expedition and Freedom Before 1619

CHAPTER TWO
Angela’s Exodus out of Africa, 1619–1760

CHAPTER THREE
Belinda’s Petition for Independence, 1760–1820

CHAPTER FOUR
Millie and Christine’s Performance and the Expansion of Slavery, 1820–1860

CHAPTER FIVE
Mary’s Apron and the Demise of Slavery, 1860–1876

CHAPTER SIX
Frances’s Sex and the Dawning of the Black Woman’s Era, 1876–1915

CHAPTER SEVEN
Augusta’s Clay, Migration, and the Depression, 1915–1940

CHAPTER EIGHT
Alice’s Medals and Black Women’s War at Home, 1940–1950

CHAPTER NINE
Aurelia’s Lawsuit Against Jim Crow, 1950–1970

CHAPTER TEN
Shirley’s Run, Black Power, Politics, and Black Feminism, 1970–2000

CONCLUSION
Patricia’s Climb and the Sisters Holding Down Liberty

Afterword
Acknowledgments
Image Credits
Notes
Index

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