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We, too, are Americans : African American women in Detroit and Richmond, 1940-54 /
Megan Taylor Shockley.
Urbana : University of Illinois, c2004.
viii, 256 p.
0252028635 (alk. paper)
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Urbana : University of Illinois, c2004.
0252028635 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-09-01:
Shockley (history, Clemson Univ.) examines the experience of African American women in Detroit and Richmond during the crucial years of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Her clearly stated thesis is that black women, far from being invisible in the decade before the Civil Rights Movement, were actively building a base for political and social change in two growing cities affected by the experiences of WW II. The author employs a comparative methodology, highlighting differences not only between northern and southern cities, but also between the working and middle classes within those urban regions. Recognizing that the WW II era has generally been seen as a time of great change and opportunity for African Americans, Shockley examines the role of women in developing what she calls "responsible citizenship." African American women in Detroit and Richmond launched strategies for change that included a range of actions, with varying degrees of militancy. The book is based on substantial archival and secondary research. It will have wide relevance, particularly for collections dealing with civil rights, women's history, urban history in the 1940s and 1950s, and WW II at home. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. C. K. Piehl Minnesota State University, Mankato
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"Fascinating, well-written, and convincing, Shockley's impressive study fills a significant gap in the historical literature." ---Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo, author of Abiding Courage: African American Migrant Women in the East Bay Community
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Engaging with the State: Middle-Class Women and Responsible Patriotism, 1940-45p. 29
Working for Democracy: Working-Class Women and Wartime Opportunities, 1940-45p. 63
Looking Ahead: Middle-Class Women's Activities in the Postwar Worldp. 103
Trying to Hold On: Working-Class Women's Activities in the Postwar Erap. 137
Claiming Space: African American Women and Public Protests against Inequality, 1940-54p. 170
Conclusionp. 205
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 255
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