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Longtime activist, author and political figure Angela Davis brings us this expose of the women's movement in the context of the fight for civil rights and working class issues. She uncovers a side of the fight for suffrage many of us have not heard: the intimate tie between the anti-slavery campaign and the struggle for women's suffrage. She shows how the racist and classist bias of some in the women's movement have divided its own membership. Davis' message is clear: If we ever want equality, we're gonna have to fight for it together.

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"As useful an exposition of the current dilemmas of the women's movement as one could hope for."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (February 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394713516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394713519
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By F. Mercer on December 5, 2002
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This book, or at least excerpts from it, should be a must read for everyone. Davis presents a side of the suffragette movement, the first wave of feminism, that many people will never be aware of--the conflict between women's rights and African American rights, and the underlying racism of the movement spearheaded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Davis then effectively juxtaposes the first wave of feminism with the second wave of feminism in the 1960-70's to show the correlation between the two movements.
In both cases, the fight for African American rights took prescedence over the rights of women. While during the first wave of feminism, black women were ignored by the suffragettes, during the second wave of feminism, black women were faced with the choice of going forward in a women's movement that, once again, didn't really include them, or supporting the rights of African Americans as a race. A difficult choice. Davis clearly elucidates the failings of the both waves of feminism to include ALL women and shows how necessary it is for women, regardless of race, to work together.
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Professor Davis provides a history of the Black, Women's and workers' movements in the US and documents the many points of common contact. She painstakingly supplies an abundance of historical evidence that demonstrates the fact that women, working people or people of color can only succeed in the attainment of their own liberation by working in conjuction with the efforts of the others. She also reminds us that the majority of women are workers and that the majority of people of color are workers, and points out that the outcome of the struggle these groups face will impact directly upon the future condition of all working people
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If you are interested in an indepth analysis of the history of many of our current social movements this is the book for you. Angela Davis is brillient to be sure, but this book portrays her intelligence in understanding (and ability to convey) the conplex issues America must disern concerning gender, class and race. She also is able to articulate beautifully how these three issues intertwine. The book is worth the read for personal as well as acedemic growth.
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How can a handful of very rich, very powerful people keep workers poor and powerless in a democracy? It is called "Divide and Conquer." Convince women that their needs are different from those of Blacks. Pit the Irish against Germans. Do this, and you will never have to worry about unions. Your workers will be too busy squabbling among themselves to demand a living wage or health care or decent schools.

If this does not sound like your idea of Utopia, maybe you should read Ms. Davis's book. She describes the parallel womens movements, abolition movements, how they started together, how they were driven apart---and who benefits when those looking for a better life decide to abandon old allies and start thinking only of themselves.
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Angela Davis is a name as synonymous with Black Power as The Black Panthers. Her words inspire, teach and REACH the minds of all who read them.

This is a must read and makes a great gift for young Black men and women.
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This is a great book, if you want to really learn about the Women's Movement and how they isolated Black women. Davis just doesn't talk about the mistreatment of Black women, but also Latina women and poor white women as well. She talks about the abortion movement and forced sterilization of women, which includes women of all races. She is very thorough and not boring.
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A hugely rewarding book about the struggle for civil rights. Concentrating on the early and middle 19th century in America, Davis shows us how the movement for women's rights and the fight for the abolition of slavery were sometimes at odds with each other, and at other times fully united. She also breaks down many of the myths concerning the black family unit during the slave years, and demonstrates the still unfulfilled need for reparations for the victims of racism and white supremacy (this is my own conclusion). If a family living today can still determine how their ancestors were victimized, there is no reason not to allow suits (or a congressional initiative) to go forward. This book is not only informative, it's fascinating, a true page-turner that just makes me crave more.
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Outstanding. The author's dialectical interpretation of the relationship between gender & class should make the book a required antidote to the ideological hegemony of identity politics in the academy.
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