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Talk with You Like a Woman : African American Women, Justice, and Reform in New York, 1890-1935 - Cheryl D. Hicks

Talk with You Like a Woman

African American Women, Justice, and Reform in New York, 1890-1935

Paperback Published: 13th December 2010
ISBN: 9780807871621
Number Of Pages: 392

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With this book, Cheryl Hicks brings to light the voices and viewpoints of black working-class women, especially southern migrants, who were the subjects of urban and penal reform in early twentieth-century New York. Hicks compares the ideals of racial uplift and reform programs of middle-class white and black activists to the experiences and perspectives of those whom they sought to protect and, often, control.
In need of support as they navigated the discriminatory labor and housing markets and contended with poverty, maternity, and domestic violence, black women instead found themselves subject to hostility from black leaders, urban reformers, and the police. Still, these black working-class women struggled to uphold their own standards of respectable womanhood. Through their actions as well as their words, they challenged prevailing views regarding black women and morality in urban America. Drawing on extensive archival research, Hicks explores the complexities of black working-class women's lives and illuminates the impact of racism and sexism on early twentieth-century urban reform and criminal justice initiatives.

[Hicks] gives voice to women who have not been studied thus far. Recommended. Undergraduate and graduate studies." --Choice


A remarkable collection of individual stories . . . . Hicks succeeds in opening up a new conversation about early twentieth-century New York, one in which black working-class women's voices are finally heard.--American Historical Review


A masterly study of black women, reform, and the criminal justice system.--Journal of American History

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Talk with You Like a Womanp. 1
African American Urban Life and the Multiple Meanings of Protection in the City
To Live a Fuller and Freer Life: Black Women Migrants' Expectations and New York's Urban Realities, 1890-1927p. 23
The Only One That Would Be Interested in Me: Police Brutality, Black Women's Protection, and the New York Race Riot of 1900p. 53
I Want to Save These Girls: Single Black Women and Their Protectors, 1895-1911p. 91
Urban Reform and Criminal Justice
Colored Women of Hard and Vicious Character: Respectability, Domesticity, and Crime, 1893-1933p. 125
Tragedy of the Colored Girl in Court: The National Urban League and New York's Women's Court, 1911-1931p. 159
In Danger of Becoming Morally Depraved: Single Black Women, Working-Class Black Families, and New York State's Wayward Minor Laws, 1917-1928p. 182
A Rather Bright and Good-Looking Colored Girl: Black Women's Sexuality, "Harmful Intimacy," and Attempts to Regulate Desire, 1917-1928p. 204
Rehabilitation, Respectability, and Race
I Don't Live on My Sister, I Living of Myself: Parole, Gender, and Black Families, 1905-1935p. 237
She Would Be Better off in the South: Sending Women on Parole to Their Southern Kin, 1920-1935p. 253
Conclusion: Thank God I Am Independent One More Timep. 271
Notesp. 279
Bibliographyp. 335
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9780807871621
ISBN-10: 0807871621
Series: Gender and American Culture
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 13th December 2010
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Type: New edition