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A revealing history—at once sobering and empowering—showing Black women's expansive contributions since the 1600s. Spanning over 400 years, this book, written by two award-winning Black women historians, prioritizes all voices: from poor and working-class domestics to middle-class reform women to sex workers and female convicts. The book challenges historical stereotypes an A revealing history—at once sobering and empowering—showing Black women's expansive contributions since the 1600s. Spanning over 400 years, this book, written by two award-winning Black women historians, prioritizes all voices: from poor and working-class domestics to middle-class reform women to sex workers and female convicts. The book challenges historical stereotypes and myths but also offers a contemporary understanding of Black women in America, highlighting diverse voices and lives—from activists to athletes to rappers. Focusing on the unique and expansive experience of Black women, Berry and Gross reach far beyond a single narrative of Black women in America. The result is a book that centers race, gender and sexuality in the North, as well as the South, and in both rural and urban areas, to show that Black women are—and have always been—instrumental in shaping our history.


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A revealing history—at once sobering and empowering—showing Black women's expansive contributions since the 1600s. Spanning over 400 years, this book, written by two award-winning Black women historians, prioritizes all voices: from poor and working-class domestics to middle-class reform women to sex workers and female convicts. The book challenges historical stereotypes an A revealing history—at once sobering and empowering—showing Black women's expansive contributions since the 1600s. Spanning over 400 years, this book, written by two award-winning Black women historians, prioritizes all voices: from poor and working-class domestics to middle-class reform women to sex workers and female convicts. The book challenges historical stereotypes and myths but also offers a contemporary understanding of Black women in America, highlighting diverse voices and lives—from activists to athletes to rappers. Focusing on the unique and expansive experience of Black women, Berry and Gross reach far beyond a single narrative of Black women in America. The result is a book that centers race, gender and sexuality in the North, as well as the South, and in both rural and urban areas, to show that Black women are—and have always been—instrumental in shaping our history.

30 review for A Black Women's History of the United States

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    I love this kind of history whose project is to challenge conventional, high level narratives of histories by showing where counter examples problematize the "official party line" of how the past unfolded. This book does that beautifully by showing that Black women have always been in the story of the United States, even when official records purposefully or incidentally elide or exclude them. This is such a reminder that Black women who have sought out "good trouble" throughout US history reall I love this kind of history whose project is to challenge conventional, high level narratives of histories by showing where counter examples problematize the "official party line" of how the past unfolded. This book does that beautifully by showing that Black women have always been in the story of the United States, even when official records purposefully or incidentally elide or exclude them. This is such a reminder that Black women who have sought out "good trouble" throughout US history really are the embodiment of what Americans SAY the American spirit is all about. Their treatment, however, is also a reminder of the US's failure to fully live up to its stated ideals with any regularity

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Howard

    I read this whole thing today, and it was fascinating! It's shocking how much of black women's history isn't covered in mainstream history curriculum. ETA, here's my full review. I read this whole thing today, and it was fascinating! It's shocking how much of black women's history isn't covered in mainstream history curriculum. ETA, here's my full review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    what a completely devastating but thoroughly inspiring book! this should be required reading for anyone living in the united states. african-american women have indisputably shaped this country yet their hard work and sacrifices have been grossly underappreciated for the last four hundred years. each chapter of this book opens with a vignette of a bold woman–from isabel de olvera seeking safe passage in the year 1600 to millie and christine mckoy, conjoined twins, who were exploited and mistreat what a completely devastating but thoroughly inspiring book! this should be required reading for anyone living in the united states. african-american women have indisputably shaped this country yet their hard work and sacrifices have been grossly underappreciated for the last four hundred years. each chapter of this book opens with a vignette of a bold woman–from isabel de olvera seeking safe passage in the year 1600 to millie and christine mckoy, conjoined twins, who were exploited and mistreated for much of their life to shirley chisolm, the first african-american woman to serve in congress–who chose to risk life and limb and liberty to move their country forward. there were so many women featured in this book that i had never heard of despite their incredible acts of bravery, like the 30-odd teenage girls who were kept in a stockade for SIX WEEKS for protesting segregation in 1963. one of the many great things about this work is that so many voices are part of this history: explorers, enslaved people, mothers, daughters, queer people, nonbinary people, artists, activists, religious people, and so many more. this book has inspired me to continue supporting and being in ally to african-american women because that is the very least i can do to show my gratitude for the incredibly work they have done for centuries now.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lily Herman

    There have been a lot of important conversations recently about anti-racism books for Americans at large (particularly ones that White people need to read), and I'm so glad that A Black Women's History of the United States has appeared in those discussions time and time again. Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross have put together a viscerally painful, in-depth, infuriating, and spectacular look at the many struggles and triumphs of Black women throughout American history. I appreciated how cl There have been a lot of important conversations recently about anti-racism books for Americans at large (particularly ones that White people need to read), and I'm so glad that A Black Women's History of the United States has appeared in those discussions time and time again. Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross have put together a viscerally painful, in-depth, infuriating, and spectacular look at the many struggles and triumphs of Black women throughout American history. I appreciated how clear they were in their objective from the get-go: There's no way to tell every story in a single book (especially given how many Black women were erased from our nation's records), but there are many individual and universal themes we can pick up on by examining different women's lives from the late 1500s to the present day. Berry and Gross are also incredibly clear that A Black Women's History to the United States is meant to be an introductory primer, not a conclusive anthology. I will absolutely heed their call to continue learning and replacing this country's ultra-problematic and reductive history education with a more intersectional and inclusive one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Raquel Baggins

    «Tens of thousands, perhaps millions, of African people were unceremoniously tossed into watery graves. There, in the rough waters of the Atlantic, the bones of African people—known only by their assigned number, if even that—still remain on the ocean floor.» Free review copy from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross state at the Author's Note of A Black Women's History of the «Tens of thousands, perhaps millions, of African people were unceremoniously tossed into watery graves. There, in the rough waters of the Atlantic, the bones of African people—known only by their assigned number, if even that—still remain on the ocean floor.» Free review copy from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross state at the Author's Note of A Black Women's History of the United States that «as much as possible, we chose to include the words of Black women themselves. We did so not only to have Black women's voices play a central role in the book but also because we fundamentally believe that what these voices tell us is crucial for understanding history and for using that history to help us navigate the challenges of today». They also point out that this is a book written by Black Women to Black Women and their allies, so, what a Spanish white woman could learn about this thoroughly inspiring book?: She could continue learning about silenced women's experiences that shaped the United States' history and to unlearn plenty of fixed historiographical information that shapes her cultural view of the world. I discovered the ReVisioning American History series about a year ago when I read An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States , in its Spanish translation by Capitan Swing independent publishing house, and at that time I already knew I wanted to continue reading the series as soon as I could. The entire series challenge traditional (white/eurocentric) narratives, but in this case, the authors also decided to challenge the fixed chronological periods of US history, and they open each chapter of the book giving voice to different African-American women from early seventeenth-century to our times. «Starting with the seventeenth century, we learn of more women of African descent who were forcibly moved to the New World. They were unwilling victims of genocide in the largest forced migration in history: the transatlantic slave trade.» Although with an easy to follow language, some of the passages were disturbing and not the easiest to read –as the history of slavery and racism is–, but also captivating, provoking and inspiring, as they expose the difficulties black women endured (and still do), but also their incredibly strength to overcome them. Besides, the authors did a great job of being inclusive with LGBTQ+ experiences, and I especially liked this title is meant to be an overview of many voices (explorers, enslaved people, artists, mothers, activists…) and it is not only focused on famous African-American women throughout history. In short, A Black Women's History of the United States makes you crave for more in-depth biographies of these women. If you're interested in deconstructing the single story, you should read this book. Completely recommended. «Pauli Murray […] perhaps comes closest to getting at the stifling ways that racism encapsulated African American women’s lives noting that "was the atmosphere one breathed from day to day, the pervasive irritant, the chronic allergy, the vague apprehension which made one uncomfortable and jumpy. We knew the race problem was like a deadly snake coiled and ready to strike, and that one avoided its dangers only by never-ending watchfulness."» - - - - Fills into the Reading Women Challenge (6) A Nonfiction Title by a Woman Historian.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    i have become more of a history enthusiast in past years. the more you read about history the more you understand that there is no single narrative about any time period. how could there be? still, it is what we are taught during our early education. this book recognizes the determination of black women who were important to the development of the US: activists, artists, spiritual leaders, midwives, & other trailblazers. i was completely absorbed while reading about the complexity of their lives i have become more of a history enthusiast in past years. the more you read about history the more you understand that there is no single narrative about any time period. how could there be? still, it is what we are taught during our early education. this book recognizes the determination of black women who were important to the development of the US: activists, artists, spiritual leaders, midwives, & other trailblazers. i was completely absorbed while reading about the complexity of their lives. read this if you are at all interested in understanding the beginnings of the systemic racism that continues to be endemic in the US.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Csimplot Simplot

    Excellent book!!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alexis (TheSlothReader)

    A really in depth look at some famous and unheard of black women throughout American history. It covers all kind of black women: trans black women, queer black women, and disabled black women. They authors do a really good job of looking at historical documents and then using those to show the perspectives, realities, and injustices faced by black women throughout Anerican history.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Francesca Calarco

    True to its title, A Black Women's History of the United States is a great resource on the subject-matter. Truthfully, I picked up this copy for a work-related book club, and am now actually using it a source for other work projects centering on American history and gender equity. Truly, it's a solid piece of research. Perhaps my favorite element of this book, is how it tackles early history of black women in the United States. Popular historical literature tends to be sparse when it comes to eth True to its title, A Black Women's History of the United States is a great resource on the subject-matter. Truthfully, I picked up this copy for a work-related book club, and am now actually using it a source for other work projects centering on American history and gender equity. Truly, it's a solid piece of research. Perhaps my favorite element of this book, is how it tackles early history of black women in the United States. Popular historical literature tends to be sparse when it comes to ethnic minorities in general prior to the 1800s, and I have seen this all too often used as an excuse by a number of historical sites to exclude or brush over critical histories. What Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross do exceptionally well, can be seen with their analysis of early black women’s stories in America. In the face of sparse archival information, when forming narrative history the two fill-in the blanks, so-to-speak, with really good questions. This is by no means to be confused with bold speculations. Rather, after providing factually-based context, the two then expand the conversation of different individual’s experiences with questions geared towards building understanding and challenging pre-existing narratives derived from, in some cases, the same evidence. This is a really solid read; my only critique would be that I wish they wrote more. Each chapter evaluates a time period, and centers its narrative around (at least) one woman’s experience during that time period. There is a great deal that can be learned from these stories, both for historical knowledge, as well as general life lessons. This book definitely has my recommendation.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    An overview of the lives of black women in the US that is both easy to read (i.e. not in academic language) and disturbing. Even for a reader who has already made an effort to learn about the history of American racism, there were some new things here. I particularly liked the anchoring of each chapter on the actions of a real person (which made the one chapter with an obviously imaginary person stand out; since there were real people mentioned later in the chapter I don't know why they did this An overview of the lives of black women in the US that is both easy to read (i.e. not in academic language) and disturbing. Even for a reader who has already made an effort to learn about the history of American racism, there were some new things here. I particularly liked the anchoring of each chapter on the actions of a real person (which made the one chapter with an obviously imaginary person stand out; since there were real people mentioned later in the chapter I don't know why they did this as I feel it weakened the story). There were so many amazing women, I done think they needed to make up that one. I kept noticing the names of women I had heard of first through the songs of Bernice Reagon and Sweet Honey in the Rock - so a big hat tip to them for the education they have done for more than 40 years. Towards the end, the last part of the last chapter began to feel like a rushed laundry list of famous women being name checked. And the authors do not shy away from calling out sexism within the modern civil rights movement, which even now seems brave of them. I wish that people who need to know this information would read this book, but I imagine they will not. You can't fail to be both inspired and discouraged by the obstacles these women had to overcome. We as a country have not done well, but if you don't want to know the truth you won't seek out books like this even though you need to know.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ...

    Daina Ramey Berry wrote a book that is both inspiring and brutal. Thoroughly researched, this one is an intensive and detailed overview of the lives of black women in the USA. Easy to read, this one will teach you things you didn't know even if you have previously studied the subject. Each chapter centers itself on a real woman and what she did with her life. Sojourner Truth, Katherine Johnson and Rosa Parks among many others. Some of these women's names are well-known. Others not at all. At one Daina Ramey Berry wrote a book that is both inspiring and brutal. Thoroughly researched, this one is an intensive and detailed overview of the lives of black women in the USA. Easy to read, this one will teach you things you didn't know even if you have previously studied the subject. Each chapter centers itself on a real woman and what she did with her life. Sojourner Truth, Katherine Johnson and Rosa Parks among many others. Some of these women's names are well-known. Others not at all. At one point early in the book I expected to give this one five stars. However, I found the last few chapters to be rushed. It felt like the author knew the book a sneeded to end but wanted to make sure and give credit to many more women. So it felt like a list of "names you should know." Still, the book is accessible, smart, and instructive. It is an important piece of history, and the author opened the conversation.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jeida K.

    Wow. I have never been more moved, empowered, and humbled as a Black woman than I am in this very moment. Every one of these pages breathed life, inspiration, pride...but also told of the devastation and pain Black women have faced in this country. Drs. Berry and Gross took special care to center Black women (FINALLY!) in American history, some of whom I have known about and revered for years, but many I was acquainted with for the first time. Our history is rich and powerful and gritty and raw. Wow. I have never been more moved, empowered, and humbled as a Black woman than I am in this very moment. Every one of these pages breathed life, inspiration, pride...but also told of the devastation and pain Black women have faced in this country. Drs. Berry and Gross took special care to center Black women (FINALLY!) in American history, some of whom I have known about and revered for years, but many I was acquainted with for the first time. Our history is rich and powerful and gritty and raw. Our ancestors were mighty and courageous and nurturing and intelligent and strategic. To share bloodlines and legacy with them truly brings tears to my eyes. What an incredible read that I will revisit over and over again.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brian Conor

    A tour de force of American History, and how the US was built, challenged, and strengthened by Black Women, even when they were targeted for marginalization and destruction at every point and still today.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    A fantastic history. I would love even more specialized studies, of disabled black women, of LGBTQ+ black women, but the writers did a great job of being inclusive.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Janae Johnson

    I loved this book! It was harrowing and difficult. So many things came to light that I had avoided or never understood. Each chapter was very descriptive and heartbreaking. It left me wanting to be a history teacher to help my students learn the bigger picture, not the white washed idealistic lessons we grew up with. The format of this book made it simple to read, understand, and retain the information.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    An important book that weaves the many stories and lives that Black women have led in the now-United States. Serves as an essential text to show that there is no "single story" of Black womanhood in this country and gives to Black women the individual and complex motivations that are always allowed in white historical figures. And now I want to read a ton of in-depth biographies to learn more about these remarkable women!

  17. 5 out of 5

    bet mercer

    A necessary hard read -- the way the authors so clearly tell the stories of black women's experiences in the US from the time of slavery to now requires attention. This is not shock and awe, this is the peeling back of obstructions that have blinded too many of us for too long. It was sad and eyeopening to hear how black women in America have a very distinct experience of racism that is still strong today. I will definitely need to read this again because my mind couldn't hold all the info; but A necessary hard read -- the way the authors so clearly tell the stories of black women's experiences in the US from the time of slavery to now requires attention. This is not shock and awe, this is the peeling back of obstructions that have blinded too many of us for too long. It was sad and eyeopening to hear how black women in America have a very distinct experience of racism that is still strong today. I will definitely need to read this again because my mind couldn't hold all the info; but the audiobook is a good place to start.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Krystal Rains

    Deep Breath... I just finished reading a new 2020 book, A Black Woman's History of the United States, by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross. Each, an esteemed Professor of History, with a focus on Black Women in America. This is the briefest skimming of the topic, but far reaching and meant to engage the reader. It was written for Black Women, but what a primer, not only on why Black Women have little reason or desire to trust White Women, but how they have organized themselves within and thr Deep Breath... I just finished reading a new 2020 book, A Black Woman's History of the United States, by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross. Each, an esteemed Professor of History, with a focus on Black Women in America. This is the briefest skimming of the topic, but far reaching and meant to engage the reader. It was written for Black Women, but what a primer, not only on why Black Women have little reason or desire to trust White Women, but how they have organized themselves within and throughout communities despite the harshest of circumstances and criticism by whites and their own communities, especially Black Men. As knowledgeable about some of the history of Black people in our country as I might be,I might have known 10% of what I read in this book and it's merely an overview. The details and cross-sections of community, from the earliest days of the 17th century, to our current climate of racism and misogyny, this book lays it out and pulls no punches. There are parts that are intense, but the History of Black Women in this country is nothing but intense. Trigger warnings are provided, but if they could live it, the least I could do was read it. "We specialize in the wholly impossible" is the motto that resonates throughout the pages.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Charles Godfrey Kamukama

    The literature is well crafted which increases ones phrasing, and vocabularies! The book is so captivating and touching to read as it exposes the difficulties black women experienced, and endured amidst the racism and sexism. In it we learn the endurance, and courage in overcoming inevitable curves life always presents.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mark Ballinger

    This was filled with many fascinating stories, but all too often they were too short. I wanted to learn so much more about these women. Part of this is the missing historical record of people who are not part of the dominant narrative. These women get no attention, as a line from the book says: "They may have glanced at her once, but they did not actually see her."

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yanira

    Nothing like I ever read before.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Corvus

    The authors of this book really did a great job at balancing the horrific trauma Black women have endured over the centuries with stories of empowerment, effective action, and just every day life much of the time. This is what I found lacking in the indigenous peoples hotus which contained important info but was just an onslaught of trauma without many stories outside of that. (Also, some indigenous communities accuse the author of being a pretendian and have also questioned the historical accur The authors of this book really did a great job at balancing the horrific trauma Black women have endured over the centuries with stories of empowerment, effective action, and just every day life much of the time. This is what I found lacking in the indigenous peoples hotus which contained important info but was just an onslaught of trauma without many stories outside of that. (Also, some indigenous communities accuse the author of being a pretendian and have also questioned the historical accuracy of some of her claims.) The authors also covered many varieties of Black women's history and culture, being inclusive of LGBQ, transgender, gender non-conforming, mixed heritage and race women, religious women, feminist/womanist women, imperfect women, women who chose a wide variety of resistance tactics, and so on. They talked about struggles and infighting in movements between these groups as well as times of great unity. Also highlighted were many mainstream movements and actions that many people know about from our histories, but had no idea how many and much Black women were involved. They discuss intersecting struggles that Black women uniquely face both from the greater population as well as at home and in activist circles from Black men. One thing that floored me was how the Nation of Islam initially called for only Black men to join the Million Man March on Washington, and asked all Black women to stay home and take care of the children. Not only did Black women activists fight against this, they also had their own Million Woman March that focused on Black women's issues but was inclusive of men. I have never heard of the latter, and that disturbed me quite a bit. There were multiple instances of things like this where I had no idea how little I knew about Black women's role and often designing and completely holding together these movements and actions. Another thing making this book stand out is how they draw the reader into the intimate experiences of Black women throughout the book. Often times we just hear dry facts such as X terrible thing happened, now let's move on to the next terrible thing. But, these authors manage to draw you into a greater understanding of what these women experience, felt, saw, struggled through, and survived over and over. The authors didn't do a very good job with disability, but the intention is there. They use the term "differently abled" (which an abled person coined also with good intentions but which erases and stigmatizes disability) and also failed to cover and capture disabled experiences accurately and fully the way they masterfully described many other struggles. That said, I assume they tried to find the right terminology and got it from the wrong source. So, I hope they'll do better in the future. Despite this flaw, this book is still so good and so well done that it's still a 5 star book for me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McPhedran

    Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross have written an amazing and empowering history of the Black woman in America. Using sometimes unknown historical figures to illustrate themes of resilience, empowerment and the need for autonomy that have been woven throughout the Black women’s history. This book covers a span of over four hundred years, and the themes remain the same. Black women, from the time they set foot on American soil, have fought for a sense of place, they have fought for basic in Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross have written an amazing and empowering history of the Black woman in America. Using sometimes unknown historical figures to illustrate themes of resilience, empowerment and the need for autonomy that have been woven throughout the Black women’s history. This book covers a span of over four hundred years, and the themes remain the same. Black women, from the time they set foot on American soil, have fought for a sense of place, they have fought for basic inalienable rights; they have fought for their children and families. This book is a beautiful tribute to the known and unknown Black women who have gone before, and the Black women who continue to be such an important part of the fabric of our society. Such an amazing book. I feel like this should be required reading!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Frazier

    This book strikes a satisfying balance between maintaining purity of historical fact and keeping the struggles of black women personal, relatable, and highly readable: the authors maintain historical integrity by following a traditional chronological narrative of American history and by providing greater economic and political historic context; the authors also achieve a relatable narrative by including the life stories of one or two women to represent each period of time - a technique that succ This book strikes a satisfying balance between maintaining purity of historical fact and keeping the struggles of black women personal, relatable, and highly readable: the authors maintain historical integrity by following a traditional chronological narrative of American history and by providing greater economic and political historic context; the authors also achieve a relatable narrative by including the life stories of one or two women to represent each period of time - a technique that successfully and vividly brings to life the struggles of black women to earn a respectable place in society. But, just a fair warning - this book is very depressing and very difficult to get through given the subject matter (at least, being a black female myself, I found it to be very disheartening!).

  25. 4 out of 5

    booksbythecup

    Thank you to publisher (Beacon Press) for a gifted copy of the book. 2020 feels like the year I pursue relentlessly a more personal academic history than the one I was given during my school years. The Warmth of Other Suns set the bar high and provided with insight and understanding about the Great Migration. A Black Women's history in the United States took me back to when Black women were in this country were not enslaved. I learned about the young Black girl who sewed the American flag. I lear Thank you to publisher (Beacon Press) for a gifted copy of the book. 2020 feels like the year I pursue relentlessly a more personal academic history than the one I was given during my school years. The Warmth of Other Suns set the bar high and provided with insight and understanding about the Great Migration. A Black Women's history in the United States took me back to when Black women were in this country were not enslaved. I learned about the young Black girl who sewed the American flag. I learned how women filed freedom suits in the pursuit of liberty. I'll expand my thoughts tomorrow but wanted to get a few thoughts down after finishing the book tonight. I have a list of people and time periods I'd like to learn more about. Grateful

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mustafa Muftuoglu

    "The taunts were just the beginning, as Melba was tormented white girls in the restrooms and in the cafeteria. Three white football players attacked Melba by first knocking her books and papers to the floor, and then, she recalled, 'one of them pinned me against the wall. Someone's forearm pressed hard against my throat, choking me. I couldn't speak. I could hardly breathe.'" This is Melba's story and it took place in 1960. This book, A Black Women's History of the United States, has many more st "The taunts were just the beginning, as Melba was tormented white girls in the restrooms and in the cafeteria. Three white football players attacked Melba by first knocking her books and papers to the floor, and then, she recalled, 'one of them pinned me against the wall. Someone's forearm pressed hard against my throat, choking me. I couldn't speak. I could hardly breathe.'" This is Melba's story and it took place in 1960. This book, A Black Women's History of the United States, has many more stories of the black women, like this one, that are viscerally painful and physically difficult. This is the book of struggle has been going on for more than 400 years. I highly recommend reading it to understand and respect all those real-life heroes and at the same time ordinary people of the neighborhood.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alisa Wilhelm

    Fascinating. I liked learning about specific black women in US history, both famous and not. Even famous ones, like Rosa Parks, I was surprised to learn a lot of info about. I was also happy to learn about Mary Church Terrell, whose archives I am helping digitize at the Library of Congress but didn't really know all that much about her big-picture life contributions. What life was like for the average black woman during different periods of US history is also covered. It's nice to have such a pe Fascinating. I liked learning about specific black women in US history, both famous and not. Even famous ones, like Rosa Parks, I was surprised to learn a lot of info about. I was also happy to learn about Mary Church Terrell, whose archives I am helping digitize at the Library of Congress but didn't really know all that much about her big-picture life contributions. What life was like for the average black woman during different periods of US history is also covered. It's nice to have such a personal and intimate lens to look through—most of my history classes were presidents and wars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Luna

    4.5 but only because I didn’t care for the narrator’s voice. As a Black immigrant woman to the USA, I wanted to learn more about the Black women of this country and their struggles, their triumphs, their joy. I think that this book encompasses that. It showed that the first Black woman in this country came here free. It showed that being Black and a woman in this often racist and sexist country, you often have 2 things going against you, yet still we rise, we succeed, we find joy, and most of al 4.5 but only because I didn’t care for the narrator’s voice. As a Black immigrant woman to the USA, I wanted to learn more about the Black women of this country and their struggles, their triumphs, their joy. I think that this book encompasses that. It showed that the first Black woman in this country came here free. It showed that being Black and a woman in this often racist and sexist country, you often have 2 things going against you, yet still we rise, we succeed, we find joy, and most of all we don’t let what has happened to us define who we are and what we can be.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Franklin

    This was really good. I did the audio but it started on chapter 8 which I was confused about at first but then realized it is book 5 in a series. It highlights all different women from the 1940s on- some famous, some not as well known.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Grace Edwards

    “Black women occupy a complex, paradoxical relationship to america. We are at once marginalized and ostracized, yet our very being has been exploited to help create and maintain white supremacy.” Another incredible book on the road of re-education. I only wish there were a couple hundred more pages.

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