African American Women And Social Action: The Clubwomen And Volunteerism From Jim Crow To The New…

Hardcover | April 1, 2001

byFloris Barnett Cash

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Black women have a long history of collective struggle to create welfare organizations, schools, orphanages, and health centers for African Americans. Their clubs evolved for many reasons, including self-education, community improvement, and to raise the standards of black women. Many of these women, educated beyond their race and gender and with a commitment to their communities, turned to volunteer work. This book examines the volunteer efforts of black clubwomen in the National Association of Colored Women from 1896 to 1936, and explores how their work influenced the impact and direction of social services in black communities, especially during the Progressive era. The innovative role black clubwomen played at this time aided the African American community in both social change and community survival. A variety of factors motivated black women to organize club associations, including the urgent social needs of poor African Americans who were excluded from all public relief, an increasing number of educated middle-class black women, and the growth of urban black communities due to migration from the South. The pioneer clubwomen of this time period established successful social service programs and agencies, and laid the foundation for opportunities and assistance in education, political and religious leadership, and social service within the African American community. Social services established by the clubwomen, such as travelers' aid, job training and placement, settlement houses, child and family welfare services, and preventive health care services, provided the foundation for the Urban League and the emergence of professional black social workers. The first black school ofsocial work, the Atlanta School of Social Work, was a direct outgrowth of the activities of the Neighborhood Union Settlement.

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Black women have a long history of collective struggle to create welfare organizations, schools, orphanages, and health centers for African Americans. Their clubs evolved for many reasons, including self-education, community improvement, and to raise the standards of black women. Many of these women, educated beyond their race and gend...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.52 × 6.42 × 0.96 inPublished:April 1, 2001Publisher:Greenwood PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0313315639

ISBN - 13:9780313315633

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?Floris Barnett Cash has written a compact study of black clubwomen's voluntarism from the 1890s to the 1930s....[C]ash's work stands as a nice primer on middle-class black women's activism in the early twentieth century. The book's copious details reveal the range of black women's accomplishments, and Cash capably distills a rapidly expanding body of literature. Beginning students of southern. African American, and women's history could do worse than to begin with Cash's book before tackling the more distinguished scholarship that underlines it.??Journal of Southern History