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Black Texas women : 150 years of trial and triumph / Ruthe Winegarten ; Janet G. Humphrey and Frieda Werden, consulting editors.

By: Winegarten, Ruthe.
Contributor(s): Humphrey, Janet G, 1943- | Werden, Frieda.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 1995Edition: 1st ed.Description: xv, 427 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.ISBN: 0292790872 (alk. paper); 9780292790872 (alk. paper); 0292790899 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780292790896 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): African American women -- Texas -- History | Texas -- History -- 1846-1950 | Texas -- History -- 1951-Additional physical formats: Online version:: Black Texas women.; Online version:: Black Texas women.DDC classification: 305.48/960730764 LOC classification: E185.93.T4 | W55 1995Summary: This book is very much needed because of the scarcity of material on black women's history in Texas, or black women's history in general.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [355]-370) and index.

This book is very much needed because of the scarcity of material on black women's history in Texas, or black women's history in general.

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Winegarten, a prolific and competent independent scholar of Texas history, enriches understanding of the Lone Star State with this long-needed and well-done study of the African American women of Texas, from the Spanish colonial era to the present. Although the book lacks a thesis, the theme of progress-despite-adversity is present on nearly every page as the author traces the stubborn efforts and accomplishments of individual black women in Texas and the organizations they founded. Beginning in the domestic labor ghetto as child and home care workers, black women lifted themselves by their apron strings and thus also lifted their community. Some distinguished themselves in business, others in education or the dangerous politics of protest. Many, less visibly, contributed to essential community-building by founding nurseries, homes for the elderly, hospitals, churches, lodges, and more. Winegarten's narrative about these people and their accomplishments, drawn from limited secondary literature and many primary archival sources, is enhanced by several hundred period photographs as well as by reproductions of key documents, all beautifully formatted by the publisher to complement the text. This is as good a state study as Darlene Clark Hine's When the Truth Is Told: A History of Black Women's Culture and Community in Indiana, 1875-1950 (1981). All levels.

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