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Black Women and Politics in New York City
by Julie A. Gallagher
University of Illinois Press, 2014
Paper: 978-0-252-08056-2 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09410-1 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03696-5
Library of Congress Classification E185.93.N56G35 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 323.042082097471

An essential contribution to twentieth-century political history, Black Women and Politics in New York City documents African American women in New York City fighting for justice, civil rights, and equality in the turbulent world of formal politics from the suffrage and women's rights movements to the feminist era of the 1970s.

Historian and human rights activist Julie A. Gallagher deftly examines how race, gender, and the structure of the state itself shape outcomes, and exposes the layers of power and discrimination at work in American society. She combines her analysis with a look at the career of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress and the first to run for president on a national party ticket. In so doing, she rewrites twentieth-century women's history and the dominant narrative arcs of feminist history that hitherto ignored African American women and their accomplishments.

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