360 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 10 halftones, 1 maps, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-0089-5
Published: February 2013
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-9403-3
Published: March 2009
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Awards & distinctions
2010 Illinois State Historical Society Book Award
About the Author
Lisa G. Materson is associate professor of history at the University of California at Davis.
For more information about Lisa G. Materson, visit the Author Page.
"Materson has done an admirable job of placing the political activities of local African American women in a larger context. . . . [She] aptly reveals how African American women jockeyed for position to push forward their political interests."--Journal of Southern History
"The book is exhaustively researched, meticulously analyzed, and does justice to the complex ways that those who are politically motivated function inside the limitations of a two-party system."--The Journal of American History
"One of this book's many strengths is that Materson takes her subjects seriously as political actors."--American Historical Review
"Makes an important contribution to our understanding of the role of African-American women within Jim Crow era politics."--Southwest Journal of Cultures
"Convincingly demonstrates that black women were agents of social and political change, and carefully traces the post-emancipation experiences of southern black women who used the political process to gain political rights for all blacks."--Journal of Illinois History
"Well-organized, nicely written, and makes an important contribution to our knowledge of African American women's history and politics, and to our understanding of the sometimes messy and complicated processes by which political realignments occur."--Indiana Magazine of History
Multimedia & Links
Read: In a guest blog post, Materson discusses how Chicago women’s activism helped pave the way for Obama’s presidency. Read "African American Women, the Great Migration, and the Obama Presidency."