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A Respectable Woman
Author: Jane E. Dabel

ISBN: 9780814720110
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 25 April 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 2.1
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aA valuable, insightful study that will change minds about how black women are viewed in nineteenth-century urban society. [Dabel] is the first to analyze fully the neglected fact that New York Cityas black population was predominately female for much of its history.a --Graham Russell Gao Hodges, Colgate University In the nineteenth century, New York City underwent a tremendous demographic transformation driven by European immigration, the growth of a native-born population, and the expansion of one of the largest African American communities in the North. New Yorkas free blacks were extremely politically active, lobbying for equal rights at home and an end to southern slavery. As their activism increased, so did discrimination against them, most brutally illustrated by bloody attacks during the 1863 New York City Draft Riots. The struggle for civil rights did not extend to equal gender roles, and black male leaders encouraged women to remain in the domestic sphere, serving as caretakers, moral educators, and nurses to their families and community. Yet as Jane E. Dabel demonstrates, separate spheres were not a reality for New York Cityas black people, who faced dire poverty...

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