African American Women Confront the West: 1600-2000

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Quintard Taylor, Shirley Ann Wilson Moore
University of Oklahoma Press, 2003 - Social Science - 390 pages
African American women in the West have long been stereotyped as socially and historically marginal, existing in isolation from other women in the West and from their counterparts in the East and South. Quintard Taylor and Shirley Ann Wilson Moore disprove this stereotype, arguing that African American women in the West played active, though sometimes unacknowledged, roles in shaping the political, ideological, and social currents that influenced the United States over the past three centuries. African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000 is the first major historical anthology on the topic. Contributors to this volume explore the life experiences of African American women in the West, the myriad ways in which African American women have influenced the experiences of the diverse peoples of the region, and their legacy in rural and urban communities from Montana to Texas and California to Kansas. The contributors make use of individual and collective biographies, first-person narratives, and interviews that explore what it has meant to be an African American woman, from the era of Spanish colonial rule in eighteenth-century New Mexico into the black power era of the 1960s and 1970s and beyond.
 

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Contents

ISABEL DE OLVE RA ARRIVES
31
A TEXAs slaves LETTER
55
GenderedRights Consciousness
73
The PostCivil War
88
Sacramentos Black Women
97
CHA PTE R 7 Women of the Great Falls African Methodist
122
C H A P MAN DESCRIBES B LACKS
140
The Carly Twentieth Century
165
A FRICAN AMERICAN CLUB
178
Lucinda Todd and the Invisible Petitioners
312
Clara Luper and the Civil Rights Movement
328
BLACK PANTHER
344
Selected Bibliography
363
List of Contributors
373
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