In Quest of African American Political Women
The complete history of African American women’s participation in American politics must recognize not only their involvement in traditional political acts such as registering, voting and holding office but also those nontraditional activities in which they engaged long before gaining a ballot. Because African American women are simultaneously members of two groups that have suffered the nation’s most blatant exclusion from the normal channels of access to civic life, African Americans and women, their political behavior has been largely overlooked by political scientists, who have tended to focus primarily on those actions that conform to the more restrictive definitions of politics. Utilizing extant social scien
As enslaved African females they were the victims of dual oppression, one issuing from race and the other from sex. Subjected to the slave status ascribed to their African male kin, they were further victimized by a body of hostile public policy directed toward them as women. African American enslaved women took leading role in organizing their community in order to lessen the hostile impact of the slave system on individual and family life. They engaged in physical retaliatory violence on an individual and group basis, systematically refused to carry unwanted children to term and helped others who were so inclined, became runaways whose acumen and skill were cited as unique and superior to those of males, organiz
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American Civil War, Slavery In The United States, Union Army, African American, Southern United States, Political Science, Slavery, Emancipation Proclamation, Haiti,
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