Takin' it to the streets: the politics of Wilmington's black working class women

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ashley Michele West (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/
Elizabeth McRae

Abstract: From 1880 to 1898 the working class black women of Wilmington, North Carolina forged a politics of recognition in the city streets by asserting their own terms of womanhood and demanding protection. However, during this period these women were labeled “disorderly” in The Wilmington Morning Star. Assessing the politics of the city’s working class black women required evaluating the hidden transcript of the “disorderly” reports. Additionally, also exploring the public transcript of the reports revealed the advantages a white press gained in portraying such an unruly image of the women. While these accounts lacked a direct perspective from the working class black women themselves, interpreting the hidden transcript offered the opportunity to find their political voice.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2015
Assertion, "Home Protection", Politics of Recognition, Protection, Wilmington, Working class
African American women -- North Carolina -- Wilmington -- History -- 19th century
African American women -- Political activity -- North Carolina -- Wilmington
Working class women -- North Carolina -- Wilmington
Wilmington (N.C.) -- Race relations
Wilmington (N.C.) -- History -- 19th century

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