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- DescriptionBorn shortly before the Civil War, activist and reformer Fannie Barrier Williams (1855-1944) became one of the most prominent educated African American women of her generation. Hendricks shows how Williams became raced for the first time in early adulthood, when she became a teacher in Missouri and Washington, D.C., and faced the injustices of racism and the stark contrast between the lives of freed slaves and her own privileged upbringing in a western New York village. She carried this new awareness to Chicago, where she joined forces with black and predominantly white women's clubs, the Unitarian church, and various other interracial social justice organizations to become a prominent spokesperson for Progressive ecomic, racial, and gender reforms during the transformative period of industrialization. By highlighting how Williams experienced a set of freedoms in the North that were t imaginable in the South, this clearly-written, widely accessible biography expands how we understand intellectual possibilities, ecomic success, and social mobility in post-Reconstruction America.
- Author BiographyWanda A. Hendricks is a professor of history at the University of South Carolina and the author of Gender, Race, and Politics in the Midwest: Black Club Women in Illinois.
- Author(s)Wanda A. Hendricks
- PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
- Date of Publication12/12/2013
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Series TitleNew Black Studies Series
- Place of PublicationBaltimore
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Illinois Press
- Content Note4 black and white photographs
- Width3963 mm
- Height5969 mm
- Spine23 mm
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