The Trouble between Us

The Trouble between Us : An Uneasy History of White and Black Women in the Feminist Movement

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i The Trouble Between Us looks at the question why a radical interracial women's movement did not develop in the 1960s and 1970s. It consideres white and black women's experiences in the civil rights movement, the Black Arts and Black Power movements, including the Black Panther Party, Boston socialist feminism - particularly Bread and Roses, an early white socialist feminist organization, and the Combahee River Collective, a black socialist feminist organization, and Boston feminists' efforts to develop cross- racial political projects in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The accepted interpretation of this period's feminism has been that African American wmen did not join the women's movement because it was racist. But while radical white women were often unconciously or abstractly racist, they were passionately anti-racist in their political objectives and worked hard to develop an interracial movement. At the same time, most radical black women were influenced by the Black Power movement and as a result many were not interested in joining the early white women's liberation movement.Young activists had begun with ideals of togetherness and found themselves divided and estranged, struggling to retain a hopeful image of interracial community. Race came between young white and black radical feminists. Movement women, particularly whites, were forced to relinquish idealistic and universalist images in order to recognise their own social benefits. In their different ways, whether because white women were priviledged and unable to understand subtle versions of racism, white and black men were sexist, or because white women's feminism did not clearly include a place for balck women, they all had to let go of preconceived images and hopes. Only then were they able to construct relationships based on who they were and not on who they wanted to be or wanted others to be. This book argues that white feminists and feminists of colour were pioneers in America's understanding of white racism and in anti-racism practices and consciousness.show more

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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 160 x 233.7 x 25.4mm | 521.64g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195179048
  • 9780195179040

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"Breines provides valuable insight in a book that could and should be one in a series of close investigations of race and gender relations in U.S. social activism."--Kristin Waters and Carol B. Conaway, The Journal of American History"In The Trouble Between Us, Winifred Breines bravely tackesl the touchy subject of race relations among feminists."--Jo Freeman, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society"An important contribution to historical research on racial issues in recent US feminism. Highly recommended."--CHOICE"Breines's book is a welcome addition for the fashioning of new understandings about feminisms as crucial contributors to postwar American policital culture."--Benita Roth, American Historical Review"A courageous and insightful book."--American Studies Journal "Breines provides valuable insight in a book that could and should be one in a series of close investigations of race and gender relations in U.S. social activism."--Kristin Waters and Carol B. Conaway, The Journal of American History"In The Trouble Between Us, Winifred Breines bravely tackesl the touchy subject of race relations among feminists."--Jo Freeman, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society"An important contribution to historical research on racial issues in recent US feminism. Highly recommended."--CHOICE"Breines's book is a welcome addition for the fashioning of new understandings about feminisms as crucial contributors to postwar American policital culture."--Benita Roth, American Historical Review"A courageous and insightful book." -- American Studies Journal "An important contribution to historical research on racial issues in recent US feminism. Highly recommended."--CHOICE"No one has written more searchingly or comprehendingly of the painful rifts, the painstaking junctures, the easy blindnesses and difficult illuminations composing the 'failed community' of black and white women activists from the 1960s to the 1980s than Wini Breines. Her local study reveals this checkered history to be far more complex than national generalizations suggest."--Nancy Cott, author of The Grounding of Modern Feminism"The women's liberation movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, the largest and most influential movement in U.S. history, was born from the civil rights movement. Despite these origins, black feminists often felt disrespected and excluded by white feminists and established independent black feminist organizations. This racial alienation weakened the movement and continues to this day, but has rarely been explored by scholars. Sociolo "An important contribution to historical research on racial issues in recent US feminism. Highly recommended."--CHOICE "No one has written more searchingly or comprehendingly of the painful rifts, the painstaking junctures, the easy blindnesses and difficult illuminations composing the 'failed community' of black and white women activists from the 1960s to the 1980s than Wini Breines. Her local study reveals this checkered history to be far more complex than national generalizations suggest."--Nancy Cott, author of The Grounding of Modern Feminism "The women's liberation movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, the largest and most influential movement in U.S. history, was born from the civil rights movement. Despite these origins, black feminists often felt disrespected and excluded by white feminists and established independent black feminist organizations. This racial alienation weakened the movement and continues to this day, but has rarely been explored by scholars. Sociologist Wini Breines bravely opens this topic to examination, a painful but necessary discussion in which all feminists and antiracists should participate."--Linda Gordon, New York University "Sure to be controversial, especially her analysis of the origins and impact of black feminism, Wini Breines' The Trouble Between Us is an important discussion of radical second wave feminism among both African American and white activists and the complicated relations among them. It raises compelling questions about the possibility or impossibility of building an inclusive feminist movement, even among women committed to radical social change, because of the politics of race and class. Breines' study is a mustread for scholars attempting to rewrite the history of the women's liberation movement in the United States."-- Beverly Guy Sheftall, co-author of Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women's Equality in African American Communities "The Trouble Between Us makes a significant contribution to understanding the central role race has played in the history of U. S. feminism. Breines also offers useful insights for those who continue to work to challenge racial, gender, and economic injustice across the divides of difference."--Barbara Smith, author of The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom "Certain to be widely cited...It is important and ambitious scholarship that talks openly about race, racism, and radical feminism."--Contemporary Sociology "An important contribution to historical research on racial issues in recent US feminism. Highly recommended."--CHOICE"No one has written more searchingly or comprehendingly of the painful rifts, the painstaking junctures, the easy blindnesses and difficult illuminations composing the 'failed community' of black and white women activists from the 1960s to the 1980s than Wini Breines. Her local study reveals thischeckered history to be far more complex than national generalizations suggest."--Nancy Cott, author of The Grounding of Modern Feminism"The women's liberation movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, the largest and most influential movement in U.S. history, was born from the civil rights movement. Despite these origins, black feminists often felt disrespected and excluded by white feminists and established independent black feministorganizations. This racial alienation weakened the movement and continues to this day, but has rarely been explored by scholars. Sociologist Wini Breines bravely opens this topic to examination, a painful but necessary discussion in which all feminists and antiracists should participate."--LindaGordon, New York University"Sure to be controversial, especially her analysis of the origins and impact of black feminism, Wini Breines' The Trouble Between Us is an important discussion of radical second wave feminism among both African American and white activists and the complicated relations among them. It raisescompelling questions about the possibility or impossibility of building an inclusive feminist movement, even among women committed to radical social change, because of the politics of race and class. Breines' study is amust read for scholars attempting to rewrite the history of the women'sliberation movement in the United States."-- Beverly Guy Sheftall, co-author of Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women's Equality in African American Communities"The Trouble Between Us makes a significant contribution to understanding the central role race has played in the history of U. S. feminism. Breines also offers useful insights for those who continue to work to challenge racial, gender, and economic injustice across the divides ofdifference."--Barbara Smith, author of The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom"Certain to be widely cited...It is important and ambitious scholarship that talks openly about race, racism, and radical feminism."--Contemporary Sociology "No one has written more searchingly or comprehendingly of the painful rifts, the painstaking junctures, the easy blindnesses and difficult illuminations composing the 'failed community' of black and white women activists from the 1960s to the 1980s than Wini Breines. Her local study reveals thischeckered history to be far more complex than national generalizations suggest."--Nancy Cott, author of The Grounding of Modern Feminism"The women's liberation movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, the largest and most influential movement in U.S. history, was born from the civil rights movement. Despite these origins, black feminists often felt disrespected and excluded by white feminists and established independent black feministorganizations. This racial alienation weakened the movement and continues to this day, but has rarely been explored by scholars. Sociologist Wini Breines bravely opens this topic to examination, a painful but necessary discussion in which all feminists and antiracists should participate."--LindaGordon, New York University"Sure to be controversial, especially her analysis of the origins and impact of black feminism, Wini Breines' The Trouble Between Us is an important discussion of radical second wave feminism among both African American and white activists and the complicated relations among them. It raisescompelling questions about the possibility or impossibility of building an inclusive feminist movement, even among women committed to radical social change, because of the politics of race and class. Breines' study is a must read for scholars attempting to rewrite the history of thewomen'sliberation movement in the United States."-- Beverly Guy Sheftall, co-author of Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women's Equality in African American Communities"The Trouble Between Us makes a significant contribution to understanding the central role race has played in the history of U. S. feminism. Breines also offers useful insights for those who continue to work to challenge racial, gender, and economic injustice across the divides ofdifference."--Barbara Smith, author of The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom"Certain to be widely cited...It is important and ambitious scholarship that talks openly about race, racism, and radical feminism."--Contemporary Sociology "No one has written more searchingly or comprehendingly of the painful rifts, the painstaking junctures, the easy blindnesses and difficult illuminations composing the 'failed community' of black and white women activists from the 1960s to the 1980s than Wini Breines. Her local study reveals this checkered history to be far more complex than national generalizations suggest."--Nancy Cott, author of The Grounding of Modern Feminism "The women's liberation movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, the largest and most influential movement in U.S. history, was born from the civil rights movement. Despite these origins, black feminists often felt disrespected and excluded by white feminists and established independent black feminist organizations. This racial alienation weakened the movement and continues to this day, but has rarely been explored by scholars. Sociologist Wini Breines bravely opens this topic to examination, a painful but necessary discussion in which all feminists and antiracists should participate."--Linda Gordon, New York University "Sure to be controversial, especially her analysis of the origins and impact of black feminism, Wini Breines' The Trouble Between Us is an important discussion of radical second wave feminism among both African American and white activists and the complicated relations among them. It raises compelling questions about the possibility or impossibility of building an inclusive feminist movement, even among women committed to radical social change, because of the politics of race and class. Breines' study is a must read for scholars attempting to rewrite the history of thewomen's liberation movement in the United States."-- Beverly Guy Sheftall, co-author of Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women's Equality in African American Communities "The Trouble Between Us makes a significant contribution to understanding the central role race has played in the history of U. S. feminism. Breines also offers useful insights for those who continue to work to challenge racial, gender, and economic injustice across the divides of difference."--Barbara Smith, author of The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom "Certain to be widely cited...It is important and ambitious scholarship that talks openly about race, racism, and radical feminism."--Contemporary Sociology "No one has written more searchingly or comprehendingly of the painful rifts, the painstaking junctures, the easy blindnesses and difficult illuminations composing the 'failed community' of black and white women activists from the 1960s to the 1980s than Wini Breines. Her local study reveals thischeckered history to be far more complex than national generalizations suggest."--Nancy Cott, author of The Grounding of Modern Feminism"The women's liberation movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, the largest and most influential movement in U.S. history, was born from the civil rights movement. Despite these origins, black feminists often felt disrespected and excluded by white feminists and established independent black feministorganizations. This racial alienation weakened the movement and continues to this day, but has rarely been explored by scholars. Sociologist Wini Breines bravely opens this topic to examination, a painful but necessary discussion in which all feminists and antiracists should participate."--LindaGordon, New York University"Sure to be controversial, especially her analysis of the origins and impact of black feminism, Wini Breines' The Trouble Between Us is an important discussion of radical second wave feminism among both African American and white activists and the complicated relations among them. It raisescompelling questions about the possibility or impossibility of building an inclusive feminist movement, even among women committed to radical social change, because of the politics of race and class. Breines' study is a must read for scholars attempting to rewrite the history of the women'sliberation movement in the United States."--Beverly Guy Sheftall, co-author of Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women's Equality in African American Communities"The Trouble Between Us makes a significant contribution to understanding the central role race has played in the history of U. S. feminism. Breines also offers useful insights for those who continue to work to challenge racial, gender, and economic injustice across the divides ofdifference."--Barbara Smith, author of The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom"Certain to be widely cited...It is important and ambitious scholarship that talks openly about race, racism, and radical feminism."--Contemporary Sociologyshow more

About Winifred Breines

Winifred Breines is a Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Northeastern University. She is the author of Young, White, and Miserable: Growing Up Female in the Fifties and co-editor of Takin' It to the Streets: A Sixties Reader. She was an activist in the new left, anti-Vietnam War, and early women's movements in Madison, Wisconsin, Ithaca, New York, and Boston.show more

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