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A Shining Thread of Hope; The History of Black Women in America

Hine, Darlene Clark (With Kathleen Thompson.)

ISBN 10: 076790110X / ISBN 13: 9780767901109
Published by Broadway Books, New York
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[0-7679-0110-X] [1998]. (Hardcover) Very good plus in very good plus dust jacket. 355pp. Photographs, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. Locale: United States. (History--United States, African-Americans, American Civil War, Black Women, Civil Rights Movement, Discrimination, Slavery, Social History--United States, Women). Bookseller Inventory # 123434

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Title: A Shining Thread of Hope; The History of ...

Publisher: Broadway Books, New York

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Encompassing both the panoramic story of black women in America and the intimate, evocative details of the lives of individual women, this landmark history offers a new perspective on a long-neglected area of our country's history.

At its greatest moments and in its cruelest times, black women have been a crucial part of America's history. Now, in A Shining Thread of Hope, the inspiring story of black women in America is explored in vivid detail by two experts in the fields of African American and women's history. In this engagingly written narrative history, coauthors Darlene Clark Hine and Kathleen Thompson illuminate the roots of the present-day black community and make evident that our understanding of women's history, and indeed of American history, must begin with an understanding of black women's history.

A Shining Thread of Hope chronicles the lives of black women from indentured servitude in the early American colonies to the cruelty of antebellum plantations, from the reign of lynch law in the Jim Crow South to the triumphs of the Civil Rights era. Tracing the accomplishments, as well as the suffering, of black women through the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the Depression, the Civil Rights movement, and the present day, Hine and Thompson challenge preconceived notions and move black women from the fringes of American history to a central position in our understanding of the forces and events that have shaped this country.

More than a story of struggle, black women's history is very much a story of hope. In the face of great obstacles, black women strengthened their communities through the development of women's groups, charitable organizations, and political groups, and contributed to the larger community as writers, activists, educators, artists, and leaders. A Shining Thread of Hope reveals this history, presenting the strength and courage of black women, both as individuals and as a collective force for positive change.

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This history of the experience of black women opens with an account of the life of Lucy Terry, who was brought as a slave to Deerfield, Massachusetts, when she was a child in about 1735. At 16, Terry wrote a poem, "Bars Fight," the first work of literature by a black American. Years later, married and free, Terry argued for the admission of her son to Williams College and, when a white man tried to take her family's land, she took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Terry's story is typical of those in A Shining Thread of Hope, which brings together centuries of achievement by black women. As coauthors Darlene Clark Hine and Kathleen Thompson put it, "The extraordinary achievements of black women in the 19th and 20th centuries did not grow out of degradation but out of a legacy of courage, resourcefulness, initiative, and dignity that goes back to 1619."

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