Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-AmericanFeminist Thought (Google eBook)

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Beverly Guy-Sheftall
The New Press, Dec 13, 2013 - Social Science - 577 pages
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"In this pathbreaking collection of articles, Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall has taken us from the early 1830s to contemporary times. Only since the seventies have black women used the term "feminism." And yet, it is that concept that she uses to bring into the same frame the ideas and analyses of Maria Stewart, Sojourner Truth, and Frances W.E. Harper of the early nineteenth century, and the work of women such as the late Audre Lorde, Barbara Smith, and bell hooks who stand on the threshold of the twenty-first century... She has refused to cut off contemporary African American women from the long line of sisters who have righteously struggled for the liberation of African American women from the dual oppressions of racism and sexism." —From the epilogue by Johnnetta B. Cole, President, Spelman College

"The indefatigable Beverly Guy-Sheftall has put together a breathtaking sweep of African American feminist thought in one indispensable volume." —Elizabeth Spelman, Professor of Philosophy, Smith College

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Remarkable collection of essays from equally remarkable women. I haven't read all of the selections but I am planning on finishing it up this summer. Read full review

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Title Page
In Defense of Our Race and Sex
Defining Black Womanhood 19201957
Lorraine Hansberry 19301965
Black Women Claiming
Sexuality Violence
Evelynn Hammonds
CHAPTER SIX Reading the Academy
AliceWalker 1944 Epilogue

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Beverly Guy-Sheftall is President of the National Women's Studies Association, the founding Director of the Women's Research and Resource Center, and Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College. She has been involved with the national women's studies movement since its inception and provided leadership for the establishment of the first women's studies major at a historically Black college.

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