Until There Is Justice: The Life of Anna Arnold Hedgeman by Jennifer ScanlonUntil There Is Justice: The Life of Anna Arnold Hedgeman by Jennifer Scanlon

Until There Is Justice: The Life of Anna Arnold Hedgeman

byJennifer Scanlon

Hardcover | February 17, 2016

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A demanding feminist, devout Christian, and savvy grassroots civil rights organizer, Anna Arnold Hedgeman played a key role in over half a century of social justice initiatives. Like many of her colleagues, including A. Philip Randolph, Betty Friedan, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Hedgemanought to be a household name, but until now has received only a fraction of the attention she deserves. In Until There Is Justice, author Jennifer Scanlon presents the first-ever biography of Hedgeman. Through a commitment to faith-based activism, civil rights, and feminism, Hedgeman participated in and led some of the 20th century's most important developments, including advances in education, publichealth, politics, and workplace justice. Simultaneously a dignified woman and scrappy freedom fighter, Hedgeman's life upends conventional understandings of many aspects of the civil rights and feminist movements. She worked as a teacher, lobbyist, politician, social worker, and activist, oftencrafting and implementing policy behind the scenes. Although she repeatedly found herself a woman among men, a black American among whites, and a secular Christian among clergy, she maintained her conflicting identities and worked alongside others to forge a common humanity. From helping black and Puerto Rican Americans achieve critical civil service employment in New York City during the Great Depression to orchestrating white religious Americans' participation in the 1963 March on Washington, Hedgeman's contributions transcend gender, racial, and religious boundaries.Engaging and profoundly inspiring, Scanlon's biography paints a compelling portrait of one of the most remarkable yet understudied civil rights leaders of our time. Until There Is Justice is a must-read for anyone with a passion for history, biography, and civil rights.
Jennifer Scanlon is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Gender and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College. She is the author of Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown.
Title:Until There Is Justice: The Life of Anna Arnold HedgemanFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pagesPublished:February 17, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190248599

ISBN - 13:9780190248598

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Table of Contents

Prologue: A Purposeful Life1. A Midwestern Childhood2. Education: The First Measure of Independence3. Teaching in the Segregated South4. Heading North to Spread the Word: The YWCA Years5. Harlem and Brooklyn in the Great Depression6. World War II: If Ever There Were a Time for Racial Justice7. Fighting for Fair Employment, Fighting for Truman8. "New World Citizen": Developing a National Portfolio, an International Consciousness, and an FBI File9. Running for Political Office, Securing a Spot in City Hall10. " A Burr in the Saddle": Anna Arnold Hedgeman, White Protestants, and the March on Washington11. The 'Double Handicap' of Sex and Race: The March on Washington12. Religious Activism for Racial Justice: The Commission on Religion and Race13. Black Power, White Power, Woman Power, Christian Power14. Refusing Retirement: The Hedgeman Consultant ServiceEpilogue: Fighting for Heaven, Right Here on Earth: The Legacies

Editorial Reviews

"Anna Arnold Hedgeman's life and work exemplify the often ignored interweaving of civil rights, faith-based activism, and feminism in what scholars are coming to see as a long and broad civil rights movement that encompassed many arenas of struggle. By showing how Hedgeman mediated betweenwhite religious leaders and black civil rights activists, interracialism and black power, and issues of race and gender, Scanlon reshapes our understanding of the civil rights movement's leadership and legacies. Until There Is Justice is a moving, insightful, and truly necessary book, one thatilluminates inexplicably ignored aspects of our common history." --Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Julia Cherry Spruill Professor Emerita of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill