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Words of Fire : An Anthology of African-AmericanFeminist Thought - Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Words of Fire

An Anthology of African-AmericanFeminist Thought

By: Beverly Guy-Sheftall (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 1995
ISBN: 9781565842564
Number Of Pages: 577

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The first major anthology to trace the development, from the early 1800s to the present, of black feminist thought in the United States, Words of Fire is Beverly Guy-Sheftall’s comprehensive collection of writings, in the feminist tradition, of more than sixty African American women. From the pioneering work of abolitionist Maria Miller Stewart and anti-lynching crusader Ida Wells-Barnett to the writings of contemporary feminist critics Michele Wallace and bell hooks, black women have been writing about the multiple jeopardies—racism, sexism, and classicm—that have made it imperative for them to forge a brand of feminism uniquely their own.


List of Contributors: Margaret Walker Alexander Sadie Tanner Mosell Alexander Frances Beale Shirley Chisholm Cheryl Clarke Pearl Cleage Johnnetta B. Cole Patricia Hill Collins The Combahee River Collective Anna Julia Cooper Angela Davis Alice Dunbar-Nelson Julia A.J. Foote Amy Jacques Garvey Paula Giddings Jacquelyn Grant Patricia Haden Evelynn Hammonds Lorraine Hansberry Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Elizabeth Higginbotham Darlene Clark Hine bell hooks Claudia Jones June Jordan Gloria Joseph Florynce “Flo” Kennedy Deborah K. King Linda La Rue Audre Lorde Tracye Matthews Elise Johnson McDougald Donna Middleton Gertrude Bustill Mossell Pauli Murray Barbara Omolade Barbara Ransby Beth E. Richie Patricia Robinson Barbara Smith Maria Miller Stewart Ula Taylor Mary Church Terrell Pauline Terrelonge Sojourner Truth Alice Walker Michele Wallace Mary Ann Weathers Ida Wells-Barnett E. Frances White Margaret Wilkerson


"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

Preface
Selections
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Evolution of Feminist Consciousness Among African American Womenp. 1
Beginnings: In Defense of Our Race and Sex, 1831-1900
Maria Miller Stewartp. 25
Religion and the Pure Principles of Morality, the Sure Foundation on Which We Must Buildp. 26
Lecture Delivered at the Franklin Hallp. 30
Sojourner Truthp. 35
Woman's Rightsp. 36
When Woman Gets Her Rights Man Will Be Rightp. 37
Frances Ellen Watkins Harperp. 39
Woman's Political Futurep. 40
Anna Julia Cooperp. 43
The Status of Woman in Americap. 44
Julia A. J. Footep. 51
Women in the Gospelp. 52
Gertrude Bustill Mossellp. 55
The Opposite Point of Viewp. 56
A Lofty Studyp. 60
Mary Church Terrellp. 63
The Progress of Colored Womenp. 64
Ida Wells-Barnettp. 69
Lynch Law in Americap. 70
Triumph and Tribulation: Defining Black Womanhood, 1920-1957
Elise Johnson McDougaldp. 79
The Struggle of Negro Women for Sex and Race Emancipationp. 80
Alice Dunbar-Nelsonp. 85
The Negro Woman and the Ballotp. 86
Amy Jacques Garveyp. 89
Our Women Getting into the Larger Lifep. 91
Women as Leadersp. 93
Sadie Tanner Mosell Alexanderp. 95
Negro Women in Our Economic Lifep. 96
Florynce "Flo" Kennedyp. 101
A Comparative Study: Accentuating the Similarities of the Societal Position of Women and Negroesp. 102
Claudia Jonesp. 107
An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman!p. 108
Lorraine Hansberryp. 125
Simone de Beauvoir and The Second Sex: An American Commentaryp. 128
Civil Rights and Women's Liberation: Racial/Sexual Politics in the Angry Decades
Frances Bealep. 145
Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Femalep. 146
Mary Ann Weathersp. 157
An Argument for Black Women's Liberation as a Revolutionary Forcep. 158
Linda La Ruep. 163
The Black Movement and Women's Liberationp. 164
Patricia Haden, Donna Middleton, and Patricia Robinsonp. 175
A Historical and Critical Essay for Black Womenp. 177
Pauli Murrayp. 185
The Liberation of Black Womenp. 186
Angela Davisp. 199
Reflections on the Black Woman's Role in the Community of Slavesp. 200
Michele Wallacep. 219
Anger in Isolation: A Black Feminist's Search for Sisterhoodp. 220
Beyond the Margins: Black Women Claiming Feminism
The Combahee River Collectivep. 231
A Black Feminist Statementp. 232
Cheryl Clarkep. 241
Lesbianism: An Act of Resistancep. 242
Barbara Smithp. 253
Some Home Truths on the Contemporary Black Feminist Movementp. 254
Bell Hooksp. 269
Black Women: Shaping Feminist Theoryp. 270
Audre Lordep. 283
Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Differencep. 284
Deborah K. Kingp. 293
Multiple Jeopardy, Multiple Consciousness: The Context of Black Feminist Ideologyp. 294
Jacquelyn Grantp. 319
Black Theology and the Black Womanp. 320
Patricia Hill Collinsp. 337
The Social Construction of Black Feminist Thoughtp. 338
The Body Politic: Sexuality, Violence, and Reproduction
Barbara Omoladep. 361
Hearts of Darknessp. 362
Darlene Clark Hinep. 379
Rape and the Inner Lives of Black Women in the Middle West: Preliminary Thoughts on the Culture of Dissemblancep. 380
Shirley Chisholmp. 389
Facing the Abortion Questionp. 390
Beth E. Richiep. 397
Battered Black Women: A Challenge for the Black Communityp. 398
June Jordanp. 405
A New Politics of Sexualityp. 407
Paula Giddingsp. 413
The Last Taboop. 414
Pearl Cleagep. 429
What Can I Sayp. 430
Evelynn Hammondsp. 433
Missing Persons: African American Women, AIDS, and the History of Diseasep. 434
Reading the Academy
Margaret Walker Alexanderp. 453
Black Women in Academiap. 454
Gloria Josephp. 461
Black Feminist Pedagogy and Schooling in Capitalist White Americap. 462
Elizabeth Higginbothamp. 473
Designing an Inclusive Curriculum: Bringing All Women into the Corep. 474
Discourses of Resistance: Interrogating Black Nationalist Ideologies
Pauline Terrelongep. 489
Feminist Consciousness and Black Womenp. 490
E. Frances Whitep. 503
Africa on My Mind: Gender, Counterdiscourse, and African American Nationalismp. 504
Barbara Ransby and Tracye Matthewsp. 525
Black Popular Culture and the Transcendence of Patriarchal Illusionsp. 526
Alice Walkerp. 537
In the Closet of the Soulp. 538
Epiloguep. 549
Selected Bibliographyp. 553
Indexp. 569
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ISBN: 9781565842564
ISBN-10: 1565842561
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 577
Published: 1st September 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 3.76
Weight (kg): 0.86
Edition Number: 1