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Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850–1954: An Intellectual History

Stephanie Y. Evans


This book chronicles the stories of African American women who struggled for and won access to formal education, beginning in 1850, when Lucy Stanton, a student at Oberlin College, earned the first college diploma conferred on an African American woman. In the century between the Civil War and the civil rights movement, a critical increase in black women's educational attainment mirrored unprecedented national growth in American education. The author reveals how black women demanded space as students and asserted their voices as educators — despite such barriers as violence, discrimination, an ... More

Keywords: African American women, education, intellectual democracy, Anna Julia Cooper, Mary McLeod Bethune

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813032689
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032689.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephanie Y. Evans, author
University of Florida