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A Shining Thread of Hope is the inspiring and largely unknown story of the black female experience in the United States, co-authored by a pioneer in African American and women's history and an award-winning writer on race and gender. Encompassing both the panoramic story of black women in America and the intimate, evocative details of the lives of individual women, A Shining Thread of Hope moves black women from the fringes of history, disclosing their impact on American life from colonial America to the years of antebellum slavery to the arts renaissance of the 1970s and '80s.
"Remarkably grounded in the complexities of the historical record and of black women's lives, A Shining Thread of Hope examines the mythology of the American mainstream as well as demonstrates a scrupulous appreciation of black women as a powerful but largely unacknowledged force in American society."—Kirkus Reviews
"[Hine and Thompson] collaborate on a gracefully written survey of nearly four centuries of history, drawing on recent studies of black women's roles and experiences in different regions, industries, and eras."—Booklist, (American Library Association)
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Prologue • 1. A New and Alien World: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries • 2. A Tale of Three Cities: Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries • 3. Survival and Other Forms of Resistance: Antebellum Years on Slave Plantations • 4. Resistance Becomes Rebellion: Antebellum Years Among Free African Americans • 5. The War for Freedom: The Civil War • 6. Free Women in Search of Freedom: Reconstruction • 7. Blossoming in Hard Soil: Late Nineteenth Century • 8. No Mountain Too High: Early Twentieth Century • 9. They Carried Their Freedom Bags: The Great Migration • 10. The Great Depression: 1930 Through World War II • 11. Toward Freedom: Post-war Through 1960s • 12. The Caged Bird Sings: 1970s and 1980s • Prologue: A New Era for Black Women • The Collaboration • Acknowledgments • Endnotes • Bibliography • Index