Description - To 'Joy My Freedom by Tera W. Hunter
Tera Hunter follows African-American working women from their newfound optimism and hope at the end of the Civil War to their struggles as free domestic laborers in the homes of their former master. We witness their drive as they build neighborhoods and networks and their energy as they enjoy leisure hours in dance halls and clubs. We learn of their militance and the way they resisted efforts to keep them economically depressed and medically victimized. Finally, we see the despair and defeat provoked by Jim Crow laws and segregation and how they spurred large numbers of black laboring women to migrate north.
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(235mm x 155mm x 17mm)
Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Author Biography - Tera W. Hunter
Tera W. Hunter is Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University.