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Fannie Barrier Williams: Crossing the Borders of Region and Race

Wanda A. Hendricks


Born shortly before the Civil War, activist and reformer Fannie Barrier Williams (1855–1944) became one of the most prominent educated black women of her generation. This book shows how Williams became “raced” for the first time in early adulthood, when she became a teacher in Missouri and Washington, D.C., and faced the injustices of racism and the stark contrast between the lives of freed slaves and her own privileged upbringing in a western New York village. She carried this new awareness to Chicago, where she joined forces with black and predominantly white women's clubs, the Unitarian chu ... More

Keywords: racism, Civil War, Fannie Barrier Williams, black women, freed slaves, interracial social justice, reforms, industrialization, Chicago

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038112
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038112.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wanda A. Hendricks, author
University of South Carolina