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A Black Women's History of the United States
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A Black Women's History of the United States
2021 NAACP Image Award Nominee: Outstanding Literary Work – Non-FictionHonorable Mention for the 2021 Organization of American Historians Darlene Clark Hine AwardA vibrant and empowering history...
2021 NAACP Image Award Nominee: Outstanding Literary Work – Non-FictionHonorable Mention for the 2021 Organization of American Historians Darlene Clark Hine AwardA vibrant and empowering history...
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  • 2021 NAACP Image Award Nominee: Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
    Honorable Mention for the 2021 Organization of American Historians Darlene Clark Hine Award
    A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are—and have always been—instrumental in shaping our country
    In centering Black women’s stories, two award-winning historians seek both to empower African American women and to show their allies that Black women’s unique ability to make their own communities while combatting centuries of oppression is an essential component in our continued resistance to systemic racism and sexism. Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross offer an examination and celebration of Black womanhood, beginning with the first African women who arrived in what became the United States to African American women of today.
    A Black Women’s History of the United States reaches far beyond a single narrative to showcase Black women’s lives in all their fraught complexities. Berry and Gross prioritize many voices: enslaved women, freedwomen, religious leaders, artists, queer women, activists, and women who lived outside the law. The result is a starting point for exploring Black women’s history and a testament to the beauty, richness, rhythm, tragedy, heartbreak, rage, and enduring love that abounds in the spirit of Black women in communities throughout the nation.

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  • Daina Ramey Berry is the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author or co-editor of several previous books, including The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation, winner of the 2017 SHEAR Book Award for Early American History. Connect with her at drdainarameyberry.com or @DainaRameyBerry on Twitter.

    Kali Nicole Gross is the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her previous books include Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America, winner of the 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in nonfiction. Learn more at kalinicolegross.com or connect with her on Twitter @KaliGrossPhD.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Janina Edwards delivers these intense narratives of Black women, starting with African women brought to the Americas before 1619 and continuing through late-twentieth-century figures. In compiling these empowering stories of women during 10 historical eras, the authors provide a fast-moving account of how Black women brought here used their ingenuity and connections with other women to persevere against overwhelming obstacles. The intensity of what they endured is riveting. Edwards delivers the narratives with an impressive palette of accents and a level of swagger that sounds right for these truths. With the audible empathy she feels for this history, she is a big part of why this work succeeds in audio. It's a necessary listening experience that adds dignity and human texture to the Black experience. T.W. � AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine

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