Black Texas Women: 150 Years of Trial and Triumph

Paperback | January 1, 1995

byRuthe WinegartenEditorJanet G. Humphrey, Frieda Werden

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Women of all colors have shaped families, communities, institutions, and societies throughout history, but only in recent decades have their contributions been widely recognized, described, and celebrated. This book presents the first comprehensive history of black Texas women, a previously neglected group whose 150 years of continued struggle and some successes against the oppression of racism and sexism deserve to be better known and understood.

Beginning with slave and free women of color during the Texas colonial period and concluding with contemporary women who serve in the Texas legislature and the United States Congress, Ruthe Winegarten organizes her history both chronologically and topically. Her narrative sparkles with the life stories of individual women and their contributions to the work force, education, religion, the club movement, community building, politics, civil rights, and culture. The product of extensive archival and oral research and illustrated with over 200 photographs, this groundbreaking work will be equally appealing to general readers and to scholars of women's history, black history, American studies, and Texas history.

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Women of all colors have shaped families, communities, institutions, and societies throughout history, but only in recent decades have their contributions been widely recognized, described, and celebrated. This book presents the first comprehensive history of black Texas women, a previously neglected group whose 150 years of continued ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 7 × 1 inPublished:January 1, 1995Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292790899

ISBN - 13:9780292790896

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PrefaceAcknowledgments"She Is My Sister" by NiobePART I. The Antebellum Period1. Free Women of Color. "An honest, sober and industrious woman. "2. Slavery. "Our slaves are the happiest...human beings on whom the sun shines."PART II. Reconstruction and Redemption3. First Freedom. "I belong to myself now."4. Resistance. "Colored woman sues for damages."PART III Education and Culture5. Freedmen's Bureau Schools and Public Schools "Send us teachers. "6. Higher Education. "Conduct becoming ladies is insisted upon."7. Culture and Social Life. "If you can sing gospel, you can sing the blues."PART IV. The New Century8. Work. "I would not take 'no' for an answer."9. Clubs and Community Building. "Lifting as we climb."10. The Fight for Suffrage and against Lynching. "Are you saying that we can't vote because we're Negroes?"PART V. The Modern Period11. World War II. "A splendid opportunity for colored women. "12. The Civil Rights Movement. "The fight is on!"13. Breaking the Glass Ceiling. "This is our time.""Prelude to Ashe" by Hermine PinsonAppendix 1. EducatorsAppendix 2. OfficeholdersNotesSelected BibliographyPhoto CreditsIndex

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Women of all colors have shaped families, communities, institutions, and societies throughout history, but only in recent decades have their contributions been widely recognized, described, and celebrated. This book presents the first comprehensive history of black Texas women, a previously neglected group whose 150 years of continued struggle and some successes against the oppression of racism and sexism deserve to be better known and understood. Beginning with slave and free women of color during the Texas colonial period and concluding with contemporary women who serve in the Texas legislature and the United States Congress, Ruthe Winegarten organizes her history both chronologically and topically. Her narrative sparkles with the life stories of individual women and their contributions to the work force, education, religion, the club movement, community building, politics, civil rights, and culture. The product of extensive archival and oral research and illustrated with over 200 photographs, this groundbreaking work will be equally appealing to general readers and to scholars of women’s history, black history, American studies, and Texas history.Black Texas Women is an admirable achievement. Ruthe Winegarten has produced an innovative state study of Black women that will surprise students, scholars, and general readers. This unique book, with its lively writing, numerous documents and photographs, enriches and complicates African American and women's history by connecting threads of race, gender, class, and region. - Darlene Clark Hine, John A. Hannah Professor of History, Michigan State University