Black Women's History of the United States, A (hc)
Authors: Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross | Hardcover
A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are--and have always been--instrumental in shaping our country
In centering Black women's stories, two award-winning historians seek both to empower African American women and to show their allies that Black women's unique ability to make their own communities while combatting centuries of oppression is an essential component in our continued resistance to systemic racism and sexism. Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross offer an examination and celebration of Black womanhood, beginning with the first African women who arrived in what became the United States to African American women of today.
A Black Women's History of the United States reaches far beyond a single narrative to showcase Black women's lives in all their fraught complexities. Berry and Gross prioritize many voices: enslaved women, freedwomen, religious leaders, artists, queer women, activists, and women who lived outside the law. The result is a starting point for exploring Black women's history and a testament to the beauty, richness, rhythm, tragedy, heartbreak, rage, and enduring love that abounds in the spirit of Black women in communities throughout the nation.
"This book is a font of inspiration . . . A compact, exceptionally diverse introduction to the history of black women in America." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"A substantial addition to popular history. Will likely be well-received by black women seeking better historical representation and by allies looking to educate themselves about black history." --Library Journal, Starred Review
"A welcome addition to the library of any history enthusiast, A Black Women's History of the United States is an absorbing read." --Shelf Awareness, Starred Review
"Captivating, highly readable . . . A timely and much-needed restoration." --Booklist