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A Black Women's History of the United States

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The award-winning Revisioning American History series continues with this “groundbreaking new history of Black women in the United States” (Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist)—the perfect companion to An Indigenous People’s History of the United States and An African American and Latinx History of the United States.

An empowering and intersectional history that centers the stories of African American women across 400+ years, showing how they are—and have always been—instrumental in shaping our country.


In centering Black women’s stories, two award-winning historians seek both to empower African American women and to show their allies that Black women’s unique ability to make their own communities while combatting centuries of oppression is an essential component in our continued resistance to systemic racism and sexism. Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross offer an examination and celebration of Black womanhood, beginning with the first African women who arrived in what became the United States to African American women of today.

A Black Women’s History of the United States reaches far beyond a single narrative to showcase Black women’s lives in all their fraught complexities. Berry and Gross prioritize many voices: enslaved women, freedwomen, religious leaders, artists, queer women, activists, and women who lived outside the law. The result is a starting point for exploring Black women’s history and a testament to the beauty, richness, rhythm, tragedy, heartbreak, rage, and enduring love that abounds in the spirit of Black women in communities throughout the nation.

ISBN-13: 9780807033555

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Beacon Press

Publication Date: 02-04-2020

Pages: 304

Product Dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Series: REVISIONING HISTORY #5

Daina Ramey Berry is the Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at UC Santa Cruz. She is the author or co-editor of several previous books, including The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation, winner of the 2017 SHEAR Book Award for Early American History. Connect with her at drdainarameyberry.com or @DainaRameyBerry on Twitter. Kali Nicole Gross is the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her previous books include Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America, winner of the 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in nonfiction. Learn more at kalinicolegross.com or connect with her on Twitter @KaliGrossPhD.

Table of Contents

Authors’ Note

INTRODUCTION
Nannie’s Legacy and the Histories of Black Women

CHAPTER ONE
Isabel’s Expedition and Freedom Before 1619

CHAPTER TWO
Angela’s Exodus out of Africa, 1619–1760

CHAPTER THREE
Belinda’s Petition for Independence, 1760–1820

CHAPTER FOUR
Millie and Christine’s Performance and the Expansion of Slavery, 1820–1860

CHAPTER FIVE
Mary’s Apron and the Demise of Slavery, 1860–1876

CHAPTER SIX
Frances’s Sex and the Dawning of the Black Woman’s Era, 1876–1915

CHAPTER SEVEN
Augusta’s Clay, Migration, and the Depression, 1915–1940

CHAPTER EIGHT
Alice’s Medals and Black Women’s War at Home, 1940–1950

CHAPTER NINE
Aurelia’s Lawsuit Against Jim Crow, 1950–1970

CHAPTER TEN
Shirley’s Run, Black Power, Politics, and Black Feminism, 1970–2000

CONCLUSION
Patricia’s Climb and the Sisters Holding Down Liberty

Afterword
Acknowledgments
Image Credits
Notes
Index