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From the margins to the center: African American women's and gender history since the 1970s

Umoren, Imaobong (2015) From the margins to the center: African American women's and gender history since the 1970s. History Compass, 13 (12). pp. 646-658. ISSN 1478-0542

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Identification Number: 10.1111/hic3.12291

Abstract

African American women's and gender history emerged at the turn of the 20th century and developed in the wake of the civil rights, black power, and women's movements. Over the past five decades, the field has moved from the margins to the center of American history. This illustrative rather than exhaustive article examines the literature on African American women's and gender history since the 1970s. It argues that there have been two overlapping phases of African American women's and gender history. The first recovery phase focused on histories of slavery, black feminism, work, and activism. Many of these themes remained part of the second phase in African American women's and gender history that widened to focus on new themes, some of which emerged out of earlier methodologies. Moreover, this essay argues that emerging work is helping to connect the field to a wide array of topics, which promises to develop this increasingly interdisciplinary area of research.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14780542
Additional Information: © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > International History
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 09:07
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 23:07
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/88166

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