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Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women

Brittney C. Cooper


In the late nineteenth century, a group of publicly active African American women emerged from the social and educational elite to assume racial leadership roles. Their work challenged thinking on racial issues as well as questions about gender, sexuality, and class. Beyond Respectability charts the development of African American women as public intellectuals and the evolution of their thought from the end of the 1800s through the Black Power era of the 1970s. Eschewing the Great Race Man paradigm so prominent in contemporary discourse, Brittney C. Cooper looks at the far-reaching intellectu ... More

Keywords: race women, Anna Julie Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, Fannie Barrier Williams, Pauli Murray, Toni Cade Cambara, intellectual history, public intellectuals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040993
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brittney C. Cooper, author
Rutgers University