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Black Women and Politics in New York City$
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Julie A. Gallagher

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036965

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036965.001.0001

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Fighting for Rights in the 1910s and 1920s

Fighting for Rights in the 1910s and 1920s

(p.11) Chapter One Fighting for Rights in the 1910s and 1920s
Black Women and Politics in New York City

Julie A. Gallagher

University of Illinois Press

This chapter covers the dynamic period of the 1910s and 1920s in New York City. During these years black women from various backgrounds, native New Yorkers and new arrivals alike, including Anna Arnold Hedgeman, Irene Moorman Blackstone, and Ruth Whitehead Whaley, stepped into the public sphere to fight for economic, social, and political rights. The chapter explores how these and other African American women viewed and tried to use the various branches of government in their grassroots and their formal political efforts, and the implications of their work on their communities, on New York's political machinery, on black women's collective struggles for equality, and on themselves.

Keywords:   1910s, 1920s, New York City, equality, World War I, Harlem Renaissance, women's suffrage, Black Nationalist movement

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