Offers a sustained and in-depth analysis of the political thought and activism of black women radicals during the Cold War period
Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction 1 Forging a Community of Radical Intellectuals and Activists 2 In Defense of Black Womanhood 3 Reframing Civil Rights Activism during the Cold War 4 Race and Gender at Work 5 From Freedom to Freedomways ConclusionCentering Black Women on the Left Notes Bibliography Index About the Author
Dayo F. Gore is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego and has previously taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the co-editor (with Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard) of Want to Start a Revolution? Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle (NYU Press, 2009).
"With this rich book, Dayo Gore rewrites the history of black radicalism, feminism, and the American left. She shows us how a network of African American women organized for black women's rights in the 1940s and 1950s and brought their perduring political vision of race, gender, and class to social justice movements of the Cold War era." Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University "With meticulous research, shimmering prose, and laser-like analysis, Dayo F. Gore has added a wholly new and original chapter to the corpus of Black Studies, Women's Studies and the history of the U.S. Left." Gerald Horne, author of Race Women: The Lives of Shirley Graham Du Bois "Dayo Gore is a relatively young historian but her brilliant scholarship has already changed how we define the American Left and how we view the face of American radical politics. Her newest book is a powerful addition to her paradigm-shifting body of work. It is a must-read for students and scholars of Black and progressive politics, and will provide a vital history lesson for contemporary activists." Barbara Ransby, author of Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision "What really shines through--and what constitutes the major scholarly contribution--is Gore's excavation of crucial foundations of the more familiar civil rights stories." Theresa Kaminski, H-Net Reviews