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A Shining Thread of Hope [Kindle Edition]

Darlene Clark Hine , Kathleen Thompson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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At the greatest moments and in the cruelest times, black women have been a crucial part of America's history.  Now, the inspiring history of black women in America is explored in vivid detail by two leaders in the fields of African American and women's history.

A Shining Thread of Hope chronicles the lives of black women from indentured servitude in the early American colonies to the cruelty of antebellum plantations, from the reign of lynch law in the Jim Crow South to the triumphs of the Civil Rights era, and it illustrates how the story of black women in America is as much a tale of courage and hope as it is a history of struggle.  On both an individual and a collective level, A Shining Thread of Hope reveals the strength and spirit of black women and brings their stories from the fringes of American history to a central position in our understanding of the forces and events that have shaped this country.


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This history of the experience of black women opens with an account of the life of Lucy Terry, who was brought as a slave to Deerfield, Massachusetts, when she was a child in about 1735. At 16, Terry wrote a poem, "Bars Fight," the first work of literature by a black American. Years later, married and free, Terry argued for the admission of her son to Williams College and, when a white man tried to take her family's land, she took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Terry's story is typical of those in A Shining Thread of Hope, which brings together centuries of achievement by black women. As coauthors Darlene Clark Hine and Kathleen Thompson put it, "The extraordinary achievements of black women in the 19th and 20th centuries did not grow out of degradation but out of a legacy of courage, resourcefulness, initiative, and dignity that goes back to 1619."

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In an extraordinary narrative personalized for easy reading, Hine (Michigan State Univ.), perhaps the leading historian of U.S. black women, and Thompson, editor-in-chief of Facts on File's Encyclopedia of Black Women (LJ 4/15/97), convey the plight and pluck of African American women from their arrival at Jamestown, VA, in 1619 to what the authors describe as a new era at the dawn of the year 2000. Celebrating black women's historical strength, Hine and Thompson accentuate resistance and survival in their 12 chapters. They focus on flesh-and-blood women whose stories of persistence, protest, and progress flow together with famous and unfamiliar names sharing an unbreakable thread spun by faithful and industrious self-reliance. Without peer as a single-volume history of being black and female in America, this book is an inviting opening to the fast-growing scholarship on African American women to which Hine has so richly contributed. Highly recommended for collections on blacks, women, or U.S. history.
-ABrenda M. Brock, Univ. at Buffalo, NY, & Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 2481 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (October 14, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SE6460
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
It is close to impossible to reconstruct a history of African Americans. Indeed, part of our common American heritage is the destruction and unrecorded depiction of non-European and non-male histories. The authors have dilligently researched their stories and they are to be congratulated for their tenacity. However, the book fails to elicit "hope" from the reader. The writing is dry and unimaginative. With such a lively history, it is a shame that it reads like a dead history. The most egregious flaw in the book, however, is not found in its writing style but rather in how the authors attempt to boost the qualities of the women portrayed in the book by drawing comparisons between the accomplishment of these women and the accomplishments of men and white women. This is a completely unnecessary element. The accomplishments of these African American women stand on their own. The purpose of the book is largely diminished because the authors have touted "whiteness" or "maleness" as standards. "Whiteness" and "maleness" are not standards by my measure and should not be used as one, particularly in a book about black women. I would hope that the authors eliminate their references and comparisons to men and white women in future editions so that the history of these women can be properly relayed to future generations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
This riveting narrative, a kind of polyphonic chorus giving voice to American black women, adds an important chapter in the ongoing project of understanding our nation's history. Covering a span of almost 400 years, the work moves beyond stereotypes, beyond idealization, to recognize the richness of the stories they tell. With superbly crafted prose, the authors document difficulties and challenges along with achievements and triumphs as they interpret the profound complexities of gender, race and class in the lives of African American women.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY MARVELOUS !!!! April 13, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America is a book for the country. This book is not just a history written on a specific race and gender, but it offers invaluable insights on the lives of a group of people who simply did not give up hope. A Shining Thread of Hope is a book seems to be in a class by itself. It's both academic and non-academic. It proves to be a wonderfully written narrative that any age, class, gender or race can learn from and enjoy. I applaud the authors for their collaborating efforts to bring to life the stories of Black women, who seem to be forgotten. I would encourage all people to read this book, for it will provide them with food for the mind and soul. A Shining Thread of Hope leaves one's heart full of warmth and love for all humanity. It encourages us to fight for what is right and demand respect of each other as human beings. (Marshanda Smith)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shining Thread Book Review February 23, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It is very good and well written book, everyone should read especially college students or history majors. Book was shipped on time accurately, very decent price, and in great condition. Thank you.
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Format:Hardcover
A Shining Thread of Hope, a narrative history of black women in the United States from the early 1600s to the present, is must reading for anyone interested in people, peoples, or just plain learning. The authors, Darlene Clark Hine and Kathleen Thompson, long-time authorities in the field, are artists as well as historians, having chosen to lead us through this history with pictures and voices of the participants. The authors get the reader totally engaged from the first paragraph and never let her (or him) go. And throughout the chapters--from the first fears of a young African woman dragged from her village to become one of the first slaves in Jamestown in 1619, to the degradation of slavery, to the ups and downs of emancipation, reconstruction, civil rights and struggles ever-present in black society--run the strong threads of dedication to community, inner strength and, above all, belief in self.

One is left with the feelings of the horror and horridness of slavery in this country, coupled with a tremedous admiration for the strength not only of the slave women but also for the community which was determined to help them and their descendents to a better life.

A Shining Thread of Hope is history told as history should be told: riveting, instructive, and personal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So easy to read and I learned something new February 28, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The history of the struggles, frustrations, and achievements of black women is depicted in an easy-flowing narrative fashion. The shortcomings and lack of freedom of opportunity for black women (and white women to a lesser degree) to achieve cultural and economic recognition and success on an equal level with men in a white male-dominated society are realistically described. I acquired a deeper appreciation of the emotional, inner-soul frustrations and struggles, especially of the black women, and the difficulties encountered in maintaining even the most basic family life. In spite of all this, we see black women taking their rightful place in society and accomplishing their goals. I enjoyed the book and learned something new. Sabina M. Nowak
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an extremely important book. March 13, 1998
Format:Hardcover
I have read a number of books about Black Women and this one is in a different league from the others. It if, as far as I know, the FIRST book to tell the narrative history of African American women in the United States and it tells it in a riviting fashing "warts and all." I had planned on spending several days working my way through a "history" book and stayed up till 4:00 in the morning to finish it in a single sitting. I can without qualification say that I think anyone who cares about American history should read this volume.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Educational
Very Educational
Published 3 months ago by Mati
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not in good condition.
Published 3 months ago by Mary Mikha
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Read many years ago-- simply replacing a lost copy!
Published 5 months ago by Bastet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Informational history source. Sheds like on the social construct of Black women in America. Great source for liberal studies courses.
Published 11 months ago by Michelle Crite
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners
This ought to be the main book for those interested in getting to know about the complicated history of Black women in the good ol' US of A. Great job, Ms. Clark Hine!
Published 13 months ago by La Reyna
5.0 out of 5 stars Another treasure by this author.
This author has produced a host of wonderful research works that cover topics not usually covered by tradional historians. Any work by this author is a treasure. Read more
Published 16 months ago by g.l.smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
I am constantly seeking information on African American women and their progress. This book was a winner in this regard.
Published 20 months ago by N2Romance
5.0 out of 5 stars A SHINING THREAD OF HOPE
Dr. Darlene Clark HINE is an excellent historian whose work I find most interesting. I am happy to have this book as an addition to my Hines collection.
Published on January 16, 2013 by Ms B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Find
Book arrived quickly and was in great condition. The person who I ordered it for is really enjoying it. The price was right!
Published on September 25, 2011 by RJAY
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read!
Rich in historiography as well as history. An excellent resource for any US History teacher or student. Read more
Published on August 23, 1998
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