Fannie Barrier Williams

Fannie Barrier Williams : Crossing the Borders of Region and Race

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Born shortly before the Civil War, activist and reformer Fannie Barrier Williams (1855-1944) became one of the most prominent educated African American women of her generation. Hendricks shows how Williams became "raced" for the first time in early adulthood, when she became a teacher in Missouri and Washington, D.C., and faced the injustices of racism and the stark contrast between the lives of freed slaves and her own privileged upbringing in a western New York village. She carried this new awareness to Chicago, where she joined forces with black and predominantly white women's clubs, the Unitarian church, and various other interracial social justice organizations to become a prominent spokesperson for Progressive economic, racial, and gender reforms during the transformative period of industrialization. By highlighting how Williams experienced a set of freedoms in the North that were not imaginable in the South, this clearly-written, widely accessible biography expands how we understand intellectual possibilities, economic success, and social mobility in post-Reconstruction more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252079590
  • 9780252079597

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"A highly readable, well-researched biography. . . . Hendricks bring the history of midwestern women's reform into such sharp focus that it forces us to ask and answer how Williams ever got relegated to what Hendricks describes as the 'supporting cast of reformers and women's club members.'"--Journal of Illinois History "In 1899, the Washington Post referred to Williams as 'one of the best known colored women on the continent.' Hendricks' highly readable and long overdue biography explains why."--Women's Review of Books "Lucidly written, smart, accessible, and with a wonderful sense of place, this book finally establishes Fannie Barrier Williams in the pantheon of African American women's history where she belongs."--Nancy A. Hewitt, author of Southern Discomfort: Women's Activism in Tampa, Florida, 1880s-1920s "A fascinating record of how even in this era of brutal racial retrenchment a well-positioned woman could insist that people might be able to listen to one another, work together, and even live together across the color line."--American Historical Reviewshow more

About Wanda A. Hendricks

Wanda A. Hendricks is a professor of history at the University of South Carolina and the author of Gender, Race, and Politics in the Midwest: Black Club Women in more

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