Talk with You Like a Woman : African American Women, Justice, and Reform in New York, 1890-1935

By: Hicks, Cheryl DMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2010Description: 1 online resource (389 p.)ISBN: 9780807882320Subject(s): African American women - Employment - New York (State) - New York | African American women -- Employment -- New York (State) -- New York | African American women - New York (State) - New York - Social conditions - History | African American women -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions -- History | Racism - New York (State) - New York - History - 20th century | Racism -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century | Sex role - New York (State) - New York - History - 19th century | Sex role -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century | Women’s rights -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century | Women''s rights - New York (State) - New York - History - 19th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Talk with You Like a Woman : African American Women, Justice, and Reform in New York, 1890-1935DDC classification: 305.48/8960730747 | 305.4889607 LOC classification: F128.9.N4H53 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; Acknowledgments; INTRODUCTION: Talk with You Like a Woman; I: African American Urban Life and the Multiple Meanings of Protection in the City; II: Urban Reform and Criminal Justice; III: Rehabilitation, Respectability, and Race; CONCLUSION: Thank God I Am Independent One More Time; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: With this book, Cheryl Hicks brings to light the voices and viewpoints of black working-class women, especially southern migrants, who were the subjects of urban and penal reform in early-twentieth-century New York. Hicks compares the ideals of racial uplift and reform programs of middle-class white and black activists to the experiences and perspectives of those whom they sought to protect and, often, control. In need of support as they navigated the discriminatory labor and housing markets and contended with poverty, maternity, and domestic violence, black women instead found themselves subject to hostility from black leaders, urban reformers, and the police. Still, these black working-class women struggled to uphold their own standards of respectable womanhood. Through their actions as well as their words, they challenged prevailing views regarding black women and morality in urban America. Drawing on extensive archival research, Hicks explores the complexities of black working-class women''s lives and illuminates the impact of racism and sexism on early-twentieth-century urban reform and criminal justice initiatives.
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Contents; Acknowledgments; INTRODUCTION: Talk with You Like a Woman; I: African American Urban Life and the Multiple Meanings of Protection in the City; II: Urban Reform and Criminal Justice; III: Rehabilitation, Respectability, and Race; CONCLUSION: Thank God I Am Independent One More Time; Notes; Bibliography; Index

With this book, Cheryl Hicks brings to light the voices and viewpoints of black working-class women, especially southern migrants, who were the subjects of urban and penal reform in early-twentieth-century New York. Hicks compares the ideals of racial uplift and reform programs of middle-class white and black activists to the experiences and perspectives of those whom they sought to protect and, often, control. In need of support as they navigated the discriminatory labor and housing markets and contended with poverty, maternity, and domestic violence, black women instead found themselves subject to hostility from black leaders, urban reformers, and the police. Still, these black working-class women struggled to uphold their own standards of respectable womanhood. Through their actions as well as their words, they challenged prevailing views regarding black women and morality in urban America. Drawing on extensive archival research, Hicks explores the complexities of black working-class women''s lives and illuminates the impact of racism and sexism on early-twentieth-century urban reform and criminal justice initiatives.

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Library Journal Review

Hicks brings readers the perspectives of black working-class women, especially those who migrated from the South, and their experiences of urban life, especially in New York. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

In this thorough study of black women who lived under extremely difficult socioeconomic circumstances in New York City during the Progressive Era and into the 1930s, Hicks (Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte) offers a vivid view into the struggles for respectability as defined by the middle-class values of their time. She gives voice to women who have not been studied thus far, because scholars of African American history have focused their work on the racial uplift movement of successful black middle-class women, such as Anna Julia Cooper and Mary Church Terrell. Hicks uses Lucy Cox, a working-class woman who was self-educated but wrongfully incarcerated for prostitution, and traces her life and struggles to find a respectable space and forum to speak and write about her own and others' experiences as working-class black women in a racist, sexist society that also discriminated based on class. Hicks juxtaposes the two worlds and questions the ability of black middle-class women in the uplift movement to be representative of all black women. She gives Cox the final word by emphasizing her aim to speak for herself and tell her story independently from what others deemed acceptable. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduate and graduate studies. C. Warren Empire State College

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