338 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 10 halftones, 1 map, 1 graph, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3890-4
Published: May 2018
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3889-8
Published: May 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3891-1
Published: April 2018
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Awards & distinctions
Julia Cherry Spruill Prize, Southern Association of Women Historians
Offering a sweeping view of the NCNW's behind-the-scenes efforts to fight racism, poverty, and sexism in the late twentieth century, Rebecca Tuuri examines how the group teamed with U.S. presidents, foundations, and grassroots activists alike to implement a number of important domestic development and international aid projects. Drawing on original interviews, extensive organizational records, and other rich sources, Tuuri’s work narrates the achievements of a set of seemingly moderate, elite activists who were able to use their personal, financial, and social connections to push for change as they facilitated grassroots, cooperative, and radical activism.
About the Author
Rebecca Tuuri is assistant professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi.
For more information about Rebecca Tuuri, visit the Author Page.
“Provides an exemplary account for understanding the often blurry lines between moderates and movements.”--Black Perspectives
Strategic Sisterhood adds to the expanding narrative of mid- and late-twentieth-century struggles to fight racism, sexism, and poverty. The National Council of Negro Women’s institutional history and, especially, Dorothy Height’s ability to work behind the scenes to create change highlight the ways individuals and organizations worked together to move the country forward.”--Journal of Southern History
“Joins a long list of historical scholarship on the role of black women in the long freedom struggle. Tuuri makes a unique contribution to the growing body of literature by focusing on black middle-class women via the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). . . . Strategic Sisterhood is a much-needed corrective that will surely inspire important additional work.”--Journal of American History
“Tells important stories of women on both sides of the movement for Black liberation . . . [it is] extremely accessible and would be useful to scholars of social movements, Black studies, women’s studies, and generally anyone who seeks to be inspired by phenomenal women.”--The Sixties
“An important addition to the ever growing scholarship on black women’s organizations and their critical roles in the black freedom movement.”--Journal of Mississippi History
“Strategic Sisterhood is a thorough study of the evolving activist roles of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) from 1935 to the present day. . . . The narrative thrusts readers into a fascinating and perplexing conceptual world, showing how cross-cutting organizational loyalties tugged at the ideological core of all these women as NCNW, CORE, SCLC, SNCC, and other organizations competed in the realm of political voluntarism. Tuuri’s welcome volume is important for undergraduate audiences and required for graduate and postdoctoral studies.”--The Journal of Southern Religion