What Gender Perspectives Shaped the Emergence of the
National Association of Colored Women, 1895-1920?
At the nadir of white-black relations in the United States, in the mid 1890s, African-American women founded the National Association of Colored Women, in order to promote self-improvement and to show what African Americans had the power to do. Drawing on correspondence, speeches, and Association publications, this editorial project examines how the Association's early leaders reflected and reshaped conceptions of gender within the African-American community.
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