Black Women in America

Black Women in America

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Provides biographies and topical essays discussing the important roles Black women have played in American history.

Book News
Now in its second edition (the first was published in 1993), this three-volume reference is vibrant with stories of remarkable women--325 biographies--and discussion of topics pertaining to arts, culture, family, gender, law, occupations, politics, religion, science, and sports. The cumulative effect of such focus is inspirational and will surely spur scholarship and achievement among readers high-school level and above. The second edition features 150 new entries (for a total of about 560 entries) and revisions and updates to all that have been retained; some 600 b&w photos support the text. Each signed entry includes references, and a general bibliography of basic resources is also included. Editor Hine (history, Northwestern U.) and a long list of contributing scholars have prepared a thoughtful and useful reference for a young field. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Oxford University Press
Winner of the Dartmouth Medal for Outstanding Reference Publication of 1994, the first edition of Black Women in America broke ground - pulling together for the first time all of the research in this vast but underrepresented field to provide one of the strongest building blocks of Black
Women's Studies. Hailed by Eric Foner of Columbia University (for a Lingua Franca survey) as "one of those publishing events which changes the way we look at a field," it simultaneously filled a void in the literature and sparked new research and concepts regarding African American women in history.

Since the first edition was published, a new generation of American black women has flourished, demanding this landmark reference be brought up to date. Women such as Venus and Serena Williams, Condoleezza Rice, Carol Mosley-Braun, Ruth Simmons, and Ann Fudge have become household names for their
remarkable contributions to sports, politics, academia, and business. In three magnificent volumes, Black Women in America, Second Edition celebrates the remarkable achievements of black women throughout history, highlights their ongoing contributions in America today, and covers the new research
the first edition helped to generate.

* Includes more than 150 new entries, plus revisions and updates to all previous entries
* Contains 500 illustrations, many published here for the first times
* Includes over 335 biographies, many newly prepared for this publication
* Offers sidebars on interesting aspects of the history and culture of black women
* Provides a bibliography for each entry, plus a major bibliographical essay
* Features a chronology and a comprehensive index
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Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780195156775
Branch Call Number: R 305.48 BL
Characteristics: 3 v. : ill. ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Hine, Darlene Clark

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