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Author Tate, Gayle T.

Title Unknown tongues : Black women's political activism in the antebellum era, 1830-1860 / Gayle T. Tate.

Published East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, [2003]
©2003

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 UniM Bail  974.00496073 TATE    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 290 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Black American and diasporic studies.
Black American and diasporic studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-273) and index.
Contents Introduction: Theoretical Perspectives on Black Women's Political Activism 1 -- Part 1 Critical Passages -- 1 A Long Ways from Home: The Context for Oppression and Resistance 23 -- 2 Troubled Waters: Invisible Boundaries of Resistance 40 -- Part 2 Defining Moments of Freedom -- 3 Weaving the Colors of Oppression: Black Women's Urban Resistance, the Market Economy, and the Cult of Domesticity 63 -- 4 As Quiet as It's Kept: Black Women's Urban Economic Activity and Empowerment 100 -- Part 3 Collective Consciousness -- 5 Shaking the Tree of Liberty: Alienation and Activism 131 -- 6 Hallowed Fire: The Gospel Politics of Black Female Evangelists 157 -- 7 Rocking the Bastille: Black Women's Abolitionism 186 -- Conclusion: Sites of Change 215.
Summary Unknown Tongues examines the social and economic factors of northern industrialization, social reform, and black nationalism, all of which undergirded black women's political consciousness during the decades before the American Civil War. The linkages between black women's roles in the "culture of resistance" in slave communities and their transformations in the urban market economy fueled the development of black women's political consciousness. As community activists and then as abolitionists, black urban women organized and protested against slavery, racism, sexism, and its attendant ills. Driven by market forces of nascent capitalism, black women created broad-based protest responses to the white power structure.
Unknown Tongues explores the material realities that underpinned black women's political development as well as the transformative stages of their political consciousness and activity.
Subject African American women -- Political activity -- Northeastern States -- History -- 19th century.
African American women -- Northeastern States -- Economic conditions -- 19th century.
Free African Americans -- Northeastern States -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Women slaves -- Political activity -- History -- 19th century.
Social movements -- Northeastern States -- History -- 19th century.
City and town life -- Northeastern States -- History -- 19th century.
Industrialization -- Social aspects -- Northeastern States -- History -- 19th century.
Black nationalism -- Northeastern States -- History -- 19th century.
Northeastern States -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Northeastern States -- Race relations.
ISBN 0870136526 (alk. paper)
0870136534 (paperback: alk. paper)