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Private Politics and Public Voices

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Private Politics and Public Voices

Black Women's Activism from World War I to the New Deal

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Private Politics and Public Voices by Nikki Brown
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This political history of middle-class African American women during World War I focuses on their patriotic activity and social work. Nearly 200,000 African American men joined the Allied forces in France. At home, black clubwomen raised more than $125 million in wartime donations and assembled "comfort kits" for black soldiers, with chocolate, cigarettes, socks, a bible, and writing materials. Given the hostile racial climate of the day, why did black women make considerable financial contributions to the American and Allied war effort? Brown argues that black women approached the war from the nexus of the private sphere of home and family and the public sphere of community and labor activism. Their activism supported their communities and was fueled by a personal attachment to black soldiers and black families. Private Politics and Public Voices follows their lives after the war, when they carried their debates about race relations into public political activism.

Author Biography

Nikki Brown is Associate Professor and Head of the History Department at Grambling State University in Louisiana.
Release date NZ
December 20th, 2006
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
6 b&w photos
Imprint
Indiana University Press
Pages
208
Dimensions
166x242x18
ISBN-13
9780253348043
Product ID
2068762

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