All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900

Univ of North Carolina Press
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The place of women's rights in African American public culture has been an enduring question, one that has long engaged activists, commentators, and scholars. All Bound Up Together explores the roles black women played in their communities' social movements and the consequences of elevating women into positions of visibility and leadership. Martha Jones reveals how, through the nineteenth century, the "woman question" was at the core of movements against slavery and for civil rights.

Unlike white women activists, who often created their own institutions separate from men, black women, Jones explains, often organized within already existing institutions--churches, political organizations, mutual aid societies, and schools. Covering three generations of black women activists, Jones demonstrates that their approach was not unanimous or monolithic but changed over time and took a variety of forms, from a woman's right to control her body to her right to vote. Through a far-ranging look at politics, church, and social life, Jones demonstrates how women have helped shape the course of black public culture.

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About the author

Martha S. Jones is associate professor of history and Afroamerican and African studies and visiting professor of law at the University of Michigan.

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Publisher
Univ of North Carolina Press
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Published on
Nov 30, 2009
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Pages
328
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ISBN
9780807888902
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Language
English
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Genres
History / United States / 19th Century
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / American / African American & Black Studies
Social Science / Women's Studies
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