American Women Civil Rights Activists: Biobibliographies of 68 Leaders, 1825-1992

American Women Civil Rights Activists: Biobibliographies of 68 Leaders, 1825-1992

American Women Civil Rights Activists: Biobibliographies of 68 Leaders, 1825-1992

American Women Civil Rights Activists: Biobibliographies of 68 Leaders, 1825-1992

Synopsis

Ranging from such pioneers as Elizabeth Blackwell, Mary L. Bonney, Kate Barnard, Mariana Bracetti, and Amelia Stone Quinton, to contemporary figures such as Iola M. Pohocsucut Hayden, Rosa Parks, Angela Davis, and Shirley Chisholm, these 68 women have worked passionately for civil rights in the United States. The issues that they have championed have been as varied as the women themselves: African Americans, Latino Americans, Native Americans, children, lesbians and gays, adoptees, older adults, differently-abled persons, prisoners, education, political reform, health issues and many others. Many have been active in women's rights and suffrage issues. A short biographical sketch of each woman is provided, listing place of birth, schools, important events and achievements, children, parents, siblings and individuals who had a significant influence on her work. The second part of each entry is an extensive bibliography of works by and about the activist. Included are print and nonprint sources, as well as dissertations, theses, manuscript materials and personal papers. The work is thoroughly indexed.

Excerpt

As a reference librarian, I know firsthand the frustration of searching endlessly for information that is strewn far and wide. This book provides access to formerly widely dispersed information about women prominent in civil rights activities in the United States. The arrangement lends itself to quick reference as well as extensive and in-depth research use, and the information will be useful to the scholar, the student, the researcher, the general reader and librarians in academic and public libraries.

This book introduces 68 historical and contemporary American women with descriptions of their civil rights activism. "Civil rights" is used in its broadest sense to encompass activities promoting the rights, privileges, and protection of all people. Groups and concerns represented include Native Americans/Indigenous peoples, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, children, lesbians and gays, adoptees, older adults, differently abled people, prisoners, political reform, health issues, economic opportunity, education and many others. Although women's rights and women's suffrage are not a special focus, many of the women profiled were also active in these areas.

This work compiles information and outlines important facts. Not every aspect or detail of each woman's life and career is presented; instead the entries provide the highlights of their lives. The extensive bibliographies will guide the reader to other sources for further information.

These women were, of course, products of their times, and their actions and beliefs are not judged in this book. Indeed, history may have proved some of them "wrong" in light of later developments. Some policies and actions that were viewed as helpful to certain groups at the time may now be seen as harmful.

More than 60 print and online sources, over 150 monographs, and numerous catalogs, articles, documents and individuals were consulted to identify names and material for inclusion. Some of the biographees were also contacted personally.

Included are women in the United States who are nationally known for their work with civil rights. Their activities span the period from the early . . .

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