Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-AmericanFeminist Thought

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Beverly Guy-Sheftall
The New Press, Jul 26, 2011 - 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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Contents

Introduction
1
In Defense of Our Race and Sex 18311900
23
Defining Black Womanhood 19201957
77
RacialSexual Politics in the Angry Decades
143
BLack Women Claiming Feminism
229
Sexuality Violence and Reproduction
359
6 Reading the Academy
451
Interrogating Mainstream Feminism and Black Nationalism
487
Epilogue
549
Selected Bibliography
553
Index
567
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