African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000
Quintard Taylor, Shirley Ann Wilson Moore
University of Oklahoma Press, Aug 1, 2008 - History - 390 pages
Reconstructs the history of black women’s participation in western settlement
“A stellar collection of essays by talented authors who explore fascinating topics.”—Journal of American Ethnic History
African American Women Confront the West, 1600–2000 is the first major historical anthology on the topic. The editors argue that African American women in the West played active, though sometimes unacknowledged, roles in shaping the political, ideological, and social currents that have influenced the United States over the past three centuries.
Contributors to this volume explore African American women’s life experiences in the West, their influences on the experiences of the region’s diverse peoples, and their legacy in rural and urban communities from Montana to Texas and from California to Kansas. The essayists explore what it has meant to be an African American woman, from the era of Spanish colonial rule in eighteenth-century New Mexico to the black power era of the 1960s and 1970s.
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Sweeping Generalizations. Particularly in the section of the New Mexican women they were NOT Black! I wish the author had done their research. Particularly when it comes to New Mexico Societal caste system. A Mulatto refered to ANYONE who was 1/2 white half other. I have the genealogy sheet of the women involved and their husbands they originated from Mexico in the early 1500's. An the log it makes no reference to their color it was unacceptable for whites and blacks to marry and because all involved were married it is further proof they were not black. Also Their husbands and father were Captains you could NOT rise to the rank of captain as it was forbidden for Blacks or Indians to rise to that rank over Genizaros / Mesizos or Espanoles. They would certainly NOT be allowed to give them orders. Please do your research it makes this book completely a farce of History
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