Publisher description for Black feminist politics from Kennedy to Clinton / Duchess Harris.


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Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book analyzes Black women's involvement in American political life, focusing on what they did to gain political power between 1961 and 2001, and why, in many cases, they did not succeed. Harris demonstrates that Black women have tried to gain centrality through their participation in Presidential Commissions, Black feminist organizations, theatrical productions, film adaptations of literature, beauty pageants, electoral politics, and Presidential appointments. Harris contends that 'success' in this area means that the feminist-identified Black women in the Congressional Black Caucus who voted against Clarence Thomas's appointment would have spoken on behalf of Anita Hill; Senator Carol Moseley Braun would have won re-election; Lani Gunier would have had a hearing; Dr. Joycelyn Elders would have maintained her post; and Congresswoman Barbara Lee wouldn't have stood alone in her opposition to the Iraq war resolution.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
African American feminists -- Political activity -- History -- 20th century.
African American women -- Political activity -- History -- 20th century.
Feminists -- United States -- Political activity -- History -- 20th century.
Women -- United States -- Political activity -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.