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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 2 edition (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688146503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688146504
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The best interpretation of black women and race and sex that we have” (Women's Review of Books)

“The first historical study of the relationship in America between racism and sex.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A triumphant study.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Paula J. Giddings is the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor in Afro-American Studies at Smith College and the author of When and Where I Enter and In Search of Sisterhood.


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Paula J. Giddings is the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor in Afro-American Studies at Smith College and the author of When and Where I Enter and In Search of Sisterhood.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "knyttis" on October 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the book for you if you are interested in history and especially the history of Black Women in America. The author factually grabs hold of you and guides you through the lifes of black women in this country. Their beliefs, struggles and the way they have affected everything from end of slavery to women's and civil rights movements, and from family and society dynamics to everyday racism. You will read about the more widely known Fannie Lou Hamer's persistent work during the 60's civil rights movement to the relatively unknown Ida Wells and her fight to stop lynchings around the country a century ago. This is a book that will touch you as a woman and as a human being.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 1, 2010
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Paula Giddings (born 1947) is a writer and historian, as well as professor of African-American Studies at Smith College. She has also written Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching, In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement, and Burning All Illusions: Writings from The Nation on Race (Nation Books).

She states in the Preface to this 1984 book, "When and Where I Enter attempts to strike a balance between the subjective and the objective. Although it is the product of extensive research, it is not without a point of view or a sense of mission. A mission to tell a story largely untold. For despite the range and significance of our history, we have been perceived as token women in Black texts and as token Blacks in feminist ones... So I set out to write a narrative history of Black women, tracing their concerns---and what they did about them---from the seventeenth century to the contemporary period. It is thematic in approach, using a broad canvas to illustrate the nature and meaning of the Black woman's experience."

Here are some quotations from the book:

"It seems ironic that White women abolitionists would discriminate against Black women. For Whites, though, abolitionist activism was primarily a means of releasing their suppressed political energies---energies which they directed toward the goal not of Black liberation, but of their own." (Ch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shannon LC Cate on December 4, 2009
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Giddings makes history read like a novel. This book is worth its weight in crude oil for the analysis of the U.S. women's suffrage movement and its deal with the white supremacy devil alone. An excellent introduction to African American history for those not yet well-versed in the topic. Great for undergrads and grad students and non-academic readers alike.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Mason on February 18, 2008
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I first read this masterpiece by Paula Giddings in my second year of undergraduate studies at SUNY Stony Brook, and thus began my scholastic love affair with Ms. Giddings. The book is as educationally informative as it is necessary for the mental liberation of Black people, in particular Black women. The book essentially encapsulates the untold history of not only Black women's' history, but more importantly how their history profoundly shaped, influenced, and effected American history, culture, and politics for Black people as a whole and women in general. Indeed this is a treasure of a volume; unquestioningly required reading for anyone who thinks they're knowledgeable about Black women's' history, has an interest in general history, and wants to expand their academic knowledge of the subject matter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Head on July 27, 2007
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This is a wonderful book about the impact of segment of our population that has been perceived as powerless. The novel-type reading of historical, sociological and societal events is truly a gift of this author. She portrays women of conviction, strenght and strong values in a moving, engaging manner.
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