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Incisive and concise, Women, Race, and Class charts the history of racial and gender oppression in America In lucid prose Angela Davis breaks down how misogyny, racism, and classism have shaped the character of the nation s social life from the Antebellum Era to the Sixties She pays special attention to how white dominated middle class social movements often have forgone solidarity with working people and Black people, ostensibly for the sake of political expediency, and highlights how the nar Incisive and concise, Women, Race, and Class charts the history of racial and gender oppression in America In lucid prose Angela Davis breaks down how misogyny, racism, and classism have shaped the character of the nation s social life from the Antebellum Era to the Sixties She pays special attention to how white dominated middle class social movements often have forgone solidarity with working people and Black people, ostensibly for the sake of political expediency, and highlights how the narrow goals of white reformists has allowed capitalist oppression to remain in tact Over the course of thirteen succinct chapters the author makes clear the complex ties between America s many dehumanizing systems of social control, and builds a visionary argument for cooperation among all marginalized peoples 4.5 rounded up If Black people had simply accepted a status of economic and political inferiority, the mob murders would probably have subsided But because vast numbers of ex slaves refused to discard their dreams of progress,than ten thousand lynchings occurred during the three decades following the war.Concise, informative and at times shocking, Angela Davis has analysed and documented how racism, sexism and classism has effected American social history Before intersectionality w 4.5 rounded up If Black people had simply accepted a status of economic and political inferiority, the mob murders would probably have subsided But because vast numbers of ex slaves refused to discard their dreams of progress,than ten thousand lynchings occurred during the three decades following the war.Concise, informative and at times shocking, Angela Davis has analysed and documented how racism, sexism and classism has effected American social history Before intersectionality was termed, Angela Davis used these three factors in determining why social life is the way that it is She particularly focuses on how white middle class social movements particularly feminism has forgone the inclusion of the working class and black people among their goals, for the sake of political allies, and how the systems of capitalism and oppression of these people have remained in tact.I didn t know much about American suffrage being from the UK but found out a lotfrom this book People who are held as feminists were excluding a vast majority of people for the sake of the vote I was especially shocked to read of Susan B Anthony and Susan Brownmiller both of who I have heard of within the feminist movement and their vicious comments and actions toward those of a different race and class, in order to gain favour and try to get the vote I, however, enjoyed learning and reading about Sijourner Truth, Ida B Wells and Frederick Douglass and their move to improve the rights of females and black people To write what this book covers in this review will not do it justice Angela Davis covers American history from slavery up until the late 1900 s and the impact of racism, sexism and class She documents this in a concise way so you never get lost in her writing and it is accompanied by case studies and quotes This book covered such topics as the POC strong urge for education and the white and black women who secretly helped them if found the results would be lynching, whipping, etc the myth of the black rapist especially how this was upheld to promote and justify lynchings and forced sterilisation and eugenics since 1933 over 7500 sterilisations had been carried out, over 5000 had been black Nial Ruth Cox lawsuit against the state of North Carolina.This book also delves into the important black social movements and movements for working women and the achievements they have made I particularly enjoyed reading the section Communist Women and reading about the amazing women who recognised that race and sex were both forms of oppression in a capitalist society While trying to uplift those who are oppressed in this society and speak out, these women were often locked up for long periods of time due to their communist speeches I enjoyed reading this book and the educational value it held I m sure when rereading it in future I ll retainknowledge and discover new things As a rule, white abolitionists either defended the industrial capitalists or expressed no conscious class loyalty at all This unquestioning acceptance of the capitalist economic system was evident in the program of the women s rights movement as well If most abolitionists viewed slavery as a nasty blemish which needed to be eliminated, most women s righters viewed male supremacy in a similar manner as an immoral flaw in their otherwise acceptable society The leaders of the women s rights movement did not suspect that the enslavement of Black people in the South, the economic exploitation of Northern workers and the social oppression of women might be systematically related. LJ user gingersomething I really think this should be required reading for middle class white feminists struggling to comprehend intersectionality Although, judging from that first goodreads review, maybe some are just beyond reach LJ user gingersomething I really think this should be required reading for middle class white feminists struggling to comprehend intersectionality Although, judging from that first goodreads review, maybe some are just beyond reach A fantastic book that examines the history of the feminist movement with a keen attention to the intersections of gender, race, and class The term intersectionality has become such a buzzword nowadays, often used to describe having various social identities Kimberle Crenshaw created the term in reference to how multiple systems of oppression affect those withthan one marginalized identity Angela Davis honors this original conception of intersectionality by examining how the feminist mov A fantastic book that examines the history of the feminist movement with a keen attention to the intersections of gender, race, and class The term intersectionality has become such a buzzword nowadays, often used to describe having various social identities Kimberle Crenshaw created the term in reference to how multiple systems of oppression affect those withthan one marginalized identity Angela Davis honors this original conception of intersectionality by examining how the feminist movement has largely failed black women, lower class women, lower class black women, and women in general who fall outside of the upper to middle class white women bubble Davis discusses a range of historical and feminist topics such as how the anti rape movement excluded black women, how capitalism s devaluing of housework has disadvantaged poor women, and reproductive rights and the cruel, forced sterilization of black women Though first published in 1983, this book s themes unfortunately still apply to today, where the feminist movement still often devalues those who are not white, cisgender, upper to middle class, educated, straight, able bodied, andDavis also pays homage to activists who have fought the racism and classism within the feminist movement such as Ida B Wells and W.E.B Du Bois This classic book will continue to make me work harder to ensure my feminist actions address intersectionality and that I hold myself accountable for my errors Highly recommended to everyone interested in feminism, especially those of us who holdprivilege than others so basically, everyone An important work marking the intersections of class, race and genderand all the history behind people you ve vaguely looked up to because no one ever talks about the way they really felt about Black people So you can respect some of what they ve done, but Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B Anthony and Margaret Sanger are forever debarred from my cannon of heroes.In criticising the 14th and 15th amendments, Stanton and Anthony descended into a horrifying racism, and I believe Davis is right wh An important work marking the intersections of class, race and genderand all the history behind people you ve vaguely looked up to because no one ever talks about the way they really felt about Black people So you can respect some of what they ve done, but Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B Anthony and Margaret Sanger are forever debarred from my cannon of heroes.In criticising the 14th and 15th amendments, Stanton and Anthony descended into a horrifying racism, and I believe Davis is right when she writesGranted they felt they had as powerful a case for suffrage as Black men Yet in articulating their opposition with arguments invoking the privileges of white supremacy, they revealed how defenceless they remained even after years of involvement in progressive causes to the pernicious ideological influence of racism 76 Anthony confessed to having capitulated to racism on the ground of expediency , and remained chair of the National American Woman Suffrage Association through 1900 Despite knowing people like Frederick Douglass whose incredible grasp of movement and the importance of fighting on fronts of race, class and gender simultaneously is so incredibly inspiring and Ida B Wells.Davis writes In the eyes of the suffragists, woman was the ultimate test if the cause of woman could be furthered, it was not wrong for women to function as scabs when male workers in their trade were on strike 139 140 With Davis I would agree this was a deeply damaging viewpoint, but one that must be critiqued and should never be forgotten like Sangar s flirtation with eugenics What I love is how this book rescues the real heroes, the people who should also never be forgotten The working class women that joined the priveliged group at Seneca Falls like Charlotte Woodward, who said We women work secretly in the seclusion of our bed chambers because all society was built on the theory that men, not women, earned money and that men alone supported the family I do not believe that there was any community in which the souls of some women were not beating their wings in rebellion For my own obscure self, I can say that every fibre of my being rebelled, although silently, all the hours that I sat and sewed gloves for a miserable pittance which, as it was earned, could never be mine I wanted to work, but I wanted to choose my task and I wanted to collect my wages That was my form of rebellion against the life into which I was born I had never known the extent of Ida B Wells work Her first pamphlet against lynching was published in 1895 Called A Red Record, she calculated over 10,000 lynchings had taken place between 1865 and 1895, she writes Not all nor nearly all of the murders done by white men during the past thirty years have come to light, but the statistics as gathered and preserved by white men, and which have not been questioned, show that during these yearsthan ten thousand Negroes have been killed in cold blood, without the formality of judicial trial and legal execution And yet, as evidence of the absolute impunity with which the white man dares to kill a Negro, the same record shows that during all these years, and for all these murders, only three white men have been tried, convicted and executed As no white man has been lynched for the murder of coloured people, these three executions are the only instances of the death penalty being visited upon white men for murdering Negroes 184 The way she was treated in the mainstream press is almost unthinkable today, the New York Times editorializing in 1904 Immediately following the day of Miss Wells return to the United States, a Negro man assaulted a white woman in New York City for the purposes of lust and plunder The circumstances of his fiendish crime may serve to convince the mulatress missionary that the promulgation in New York just now of her theory of Negro outrages is, to sya the least, inopportune 192 Davis deals with some of the ways that this connects to gender construction through the characterization of black men as rapists, and to class as white workers who assented to lynching necessarily assumed a posture of racial solidarity with the white men who were really their oppressors This was a critical moment in the popularization of racist ideology 190 These are issues that definitely needed and have received muchattention since this was published, but as a summation of all that we knew, a rescuing and restating of feminist and anti racist and marxist histories, and a call to future scholarship, this book is brilliant I have been lied to about the Suffrage movement, Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton I think it s pretty unsettling that words written in the late 70 s early 80 s ring true today and I m left to wonder if we as a society learned anything in the almost forty years when the book was written This book is a lesson in the history in the fight to stop sexual violence and supporting reproductive rights and gender equality for women of color and the racism perpetrated at the hands of middle class w I have been lied to about the Suffrage movement, Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton I think it s pretty unsettling that words written in the late 70 s early 80 s ring true today and I m left to wonder if we as a society learned anything in the almost forty years when the book was written This book is a lesson in the history in the fight to stop sexual violence and supporting reproductive rights and gender equality for women of color and the racism perpetrated at the hands of middle class white women If you call yourself a feminist and a fighter for women s rights, shouldn t that include all women regardless of race and class It reminds me of the feminist movement today White feminists call for attention to issues concerning woman today rape, harassment, misogyny metoo blacklivesmatter timesup but when their voices are truly needed, they are conspicuously absent White women really need to read this book to truly understand intersectionality and their privilege I give this book 4.5 stars which rounds up to 5 I read this book for my Women in Politics class This book s central focus is intersectional feminism It highlights how gender, race, and class factor into inequality This book started off incredibly strong, but lost its way a bit in the later chapters However, still a fantastic and insightful book. *Free ↙ Women, Race & Class ↡ A powerful study of the women s movement in the US from abolitionist days to the present that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders 4.5 starsThere s so much that this book explores, and it provides so much context for current events, like the current state of feminism in the U.S., and some Audre Lorde s essays in Sister Outsider, as well as essays in This Bridge Called My Back Although this book ended abruptly, it doesn t detract from the obvious comprehensive work and research conducted by Angela Davis I liked the structure of the book Sometimes it made for a confusing read as it wasn t necessarily a chronology detailing 4.5 starsThere s so much that this book explores, and it provides so much context for current events, like the current state of feminism in the U.S., and some Audre Lorde s essays in Sister Outsider, as well as essays in This Bridge Called My Back Although this book ended abruptly, it doesn t detract from the obvious comprehensive work and research conducted by Angela Davis I liked the structure of the book Sometimes it made for a confusing read as it wasn t necessarily a chronology detailing of events, buttopical More thoughts to come, but this was a dense and necessary read for me one I highly recommend I m eager to read Patricia Collins Black Feminist Thought and Brittney Cooper s Beyond Respectability in the near future for other perspectives on Black feminists intellects.P.S Shout out to diverseclassics on Instagram for selecting this book.P.S.S Another reviewer Reggie brought up Davis omission of Anna Julia Cooper, which seems like a huge oversight I can t help but wonder about this A book like absolutely no other, Absolutely no other Never there was and never there will ever be anyone like Angela Y Davis My personal hero, and everything I ever want to be.