Skip Navigation
List Price: $46.02

Rent Book

Select for Price
Add to Cart Free Shipping
There was a problem. Please try again later.

New Book

We're Sorry
Sold Out

Used Book

We're Sorry
Sold Out

Unknown Tongues : Black Women's Political Activism in the Antebellum Era, 1830-1860,9780870136535

Unknown Tongues : Black Women's Political Activism in the Antebellum Era, 1830-1860

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2/1/2003
Publisher(s): Michigan State Univ Pr
Availability: This title is currently not available.


Unknown Tonguesexamines the social and economic factors of northern industrialization, social reform, and black nationalism, all of which undergirded black women#x19;s political consciousness during the decades before the American Civil War. The linkages between black women#x19;s roles in the "culture of resistance" in slave communities and their transformations in the urban market economy fueled the development of black women#x19;s political consciousness.As community activists and then as abolitionists, black urban women organized and protested against slavery, racism, sexism, and its attendant ills. Driven by market forces of nascent capitalism, black women created broad- based protest responses to the white power structure. Unknown Tonguesexplores the material realities that underpinned black women#x19;s political development as well as the transformative stages of their political consciousness and activity.

Author Biography

Gayle T. Tate is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Africana Studies at Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction Theoretical Perspectives on Black Women's Political Activism 1(22)
PART 1 Critical Passages
A Long Ways from Home
The Context for Oppression and Resistance
Troubled Waters
Invisible Boundaries of Resistance
PART 2 Defining Moments of Freedom
Weaving the Colors of Oppression
Black Women's Urban Resistance, the Market Economy, and the Cult of Domesticity
As Quiet as It's Kept
Black Women's Urban Economic Activity and Empowerment
PART 3 Collective Consciousness
Shaking the Tree of Liberty
Alienation and Activism
Hallowed Fire
The Gospel Politics of Black Female Evangelists
Rocking the Bastille
Black Women's Abolitionism
Conclusion Sites of Change 215(6)
Notes 221(36)
Bibliography 257(18)
Index 275

An electronic version of this book is available through VitalSource.

This book is viewable on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and most smartphones.

By purchasing, you will be able to view this book online, as well as download it, for the chosen number of days.

A downloadable version of this book is available through the eCampus Reader or compatible Adobe readers.

Applications are available on iOS, Android, PC, Mac, and Windows Mobile platforms.

Please view the compatibility matrix prior to purchase.

American Express