by Catherine Higgs
contributions by Barbara A. Moss and Earline Rae Ferguson
edited by Catherine Higgs, Barbara A. Moss and Earline Rae Ferguson
Ohio University Press, 2002
eISBN: 978-0-8214-4099-5 | Paper: 978-0-8214-1456-9 | Cloth: 978-0-8214-1455-2
Library of Congress Classification HQ1161.S74 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.48896096


A unique and important study, Stepping Forward examines the experiences of nineteenth- and twentieth-century black women in Africa and African diaspora communities from a variety of perspectives in a number of different settings.

This wide-ranging collection designed for classroom use explores the broad themes that have shaped black women’s goals, options, and responses: religion, education, political activism, migration, and cultural transformation. Essays by leading scholars in the field examine the lives of black women in the United States and the Caribbean Basin; in the white settler societies of Kenya, Zimbabwe, and South Africa; and in the black settler societies of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Among the contributors to this volume are historians, political scientists, and scholars of literature, music, and law. What emerges from their work is an image of black women’s agency, self-reliance, and resiliency. Despite cultural differences and geographical variations, black women have provided foundations on which black communities have not only survived, but also thrived. Stepping Forward is a valuable addition to our understanding of women’s roles in these diverse communities.

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