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African American Women and Christian Activism

New York’s Black YWCA, 1905-1945

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674862661

Publication Date: 01/15/1998

231 pages


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  • Introduction
  • 1. “Bend the Tree While It Is Young”: Institutional Alliances/Institutional Appropriations
    • African American Women and the Politics of Racial Uplift
    • YWCA Social Reform Work
    • African American Women and the National YWCA
  • 2. “If One Life Shines”: African American Women in Networks
    • Laying an Activist Foundation Conflicting Visions
    • Conflicting Visions
  • 3. “The Home-Made Girl”: Constructing a Mobile Private Space
    • Racially Charged Public Space
    • Racialized and Gendered Public Space
    • At “Home” in New York
    • Performing the Private in Public
  • 4. “We Are It”: Building on the Urban Frontier
    • “Harlem Rides the Range”
    • Toward a “Room” of Their Own
    • Internal Frontiers
  • 5. “Interwoven Destinies”: Wars at Home and Abroad
    • The Crisis of the World
    • “The Girl You Leave Behind”
    • An Urban Homefiront
  • 6. “A Grand Place”: Black America’s Community Center
    • A Community Center
    • Educating for Christian Democracy
    • Christianizing City Politics
    • Girls’ Work
    • Leadership Training
  • 7. “Against the Tide”: Interracial Work and Racial Conflict
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Abbreviations

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