Gender, Race, and Politics in the Midwest: Black Club Women in Illinois

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Indiana University Press, 1998 - 162 pages
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"... Hendricks adds greatly to our understanding of change and continuity in this important period of women's history." — American Historical Review

From 1890 to 1920, African American club women in Illinois and other Midwestern states created hundreds of female associations and became social and political agents of reform and community uplift. Through their own volunteerism and fundraising they combated the problems of homelessness, unemployment, illiteracy, and poor health care that plagued their communities. The Illinois club women also played a primary role in the election of the first black alderman in Chicago. This is their inspiring story.

 

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Contents

The Movement to Organize Race Women
1
Loyalty to Women and Justice to Children
23
Agents of Social Welfare
41
Race Riots the NAACP and Female Suffrage
62
AGENTS OF POLITICAL INCLUSION
79
The Politics of Race CHICAGO
96
To Fill a Reported Industrial Need THE GREAT
112
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Wanda A. Hendricks is Assistant Professor of history at Arizona State University where she teaches courses on African American history. Her publications include articles and essays in One Woman, One Vote: Rediscovering the Woman Suffrage Movement, and African American Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook, and the Illinois Historical Journal.

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