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Looking SouthRace, Gender, and the Transformation of Labor from Reconstruction to Globalization$
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Mary E. Frederickson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036038

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036038.001.0001

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“I Got So Mad, I Just Had to Get Something off My Chest”

“I Got So Mad, I Just Had to Get Something off My Chest”

The Contested Terrain of Women's Organizations in the American South

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Looking South

Mary E. Frederickson

University Press of Florida

This chapter theorizes the complex reform strategies adopted by black and white women on issues ranging from working conditions to collective organizing, public health, education, immigration, and women's rights. This chapter carefully examines the work of activist women in the South as increasing numbers of working-class white and African American women joined women-centered organizations in the early twentieth century. Class and racial tensions simmered, often below the surface, as women negotiated the contested terrain of economic needs and community concerns in a society marked by racial and economic segregation. This chapter looks closely at YWCA industrial clubs, church groups, trade unions, and the Southern Summer School for Women Workers, organizations that constructed their identities by supporting women's activism in the changing cultural and political milieu of the New South.

Keywords:   African American women, economic segregation, YWCA industrial clubs, church groups, trade unions, Southern Summer School

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