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Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850–1954An Intellectual History$
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Stephanie Y. Evans

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032689

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032689.001.0001

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“The Third Step”

“The Third Step”

Doctoral Degrees, 1921–1954

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Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850–1954

Stephanie Y. Evans

University Press of Florida

The progress toward building a critical mass of undergraduate degree holders moved at a slow pace for black women, most especially their quest to attain degree holder. This chapter probes into the conditions under which African American women pursued graduate studies and explores the disciplinary perspectives of early scholars. Focus is directed on the biographies of Eva Dykes, Sadie Alexander, Georgiana Simpson, and Anna Cooper, all of which tell of a passion for intellectual engagement and a dedication to pursuing research that had practical implications for human and civil rights.

Keywords:   undergraduate degree, degree, black women, graduate studies, African American women, Eva Dykes, Sadie Alexander, Georgiana Simpson, Anna Cooper

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