Colored Amazons: Crime, Violence, and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love, 1880–1910

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Juli 2006



This study of black women criminals suggests that we might understand more clearly the constructions of virtue, deviance, race, and gender by reading the crimes of women in the context of their lives and their historical moment.


Kali N. Gross is Assistant Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies at Drexel University.


"Through an examination of black women engaged in both property and violent crime in the context of political, social, and economic disfranchisement, Kali N. Gross has produced a riveting narrative that reveals the ways in which criminal acts and courtroom and prison behavior were also expressive acts. She not only contributes profoundly to our understanding of black working-class and poor women in and around turn-of-the century Philadelphia, but she resists the tendency to romanticize these women as 'primitive rebels.' The work is truly pathbreaking." Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination "Heartfelt and bold, Colored Amazons stands confidently at the intersection of several kinds of history. Kali N. Gross has used statistics, scandal rags, and sophisticated modern studies to produce a genuinely innovative study of race and power, crime and sex, stereotypes and gender roles." Roger Lane, author of Roots of Violence in Black Philadelphia, 1860-1900 "Much has been made in media reports about the fact that African American women are the fastest growing population in today's jails and prisons. If you have ever wondered about the historical roots of this trend, Colored Amazons is an excellent place to start. Kali N. Gross approaches her subjects with sensitivity without being sentimental as she unravels the complexities of poor women as agents and as victims negotiating survival and bouts with the law. This is a must read for all who want to understand the criminal justice system, women inmates, and the evolving social structure that locks them out and locks them up."--Tera W. Hunter, author of To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors after the Civil War
EAN: 9780822337614
ISBN: 0822337614
Untertitel: 'Politics, History, and Culture'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2006
Seitenanzahl: 280 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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