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African American women and Christian activism : New York's Black YWCA, 1905-1945

Author: Judith Weisenfeld
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997.
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"Between the Civil War and World War II, Catholic charities evolved from volunteer and local origins into a centralized and professionally trained workforce that played a prominent role in the development of American welfare. Dorothy Brown and Elizabeth McKeown document the extraordinary efforts of Catholic volunteers to care for Catholic families and resist Protestant and state intrusions at the local level, and  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Weisenfeld
ISBN: 0674689739 9780674689732 0674007786 9780674007789
OCLC Number: 37024833
Description: viii, 231 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: "Bend the tree while it is young" : institutional alliances/institutional appropriations --
African American women and the politics of racial uplift --
YWCA social reform work --
African American women and the National YWCA --
"If one life shines" : African American women in networks --
Laying an activist foundation --
Conflicting visions --
"The home-made girl" : constructing a mobile private space --
Racially charged public space --
Racialized and gendered public space --
At "home" in New York --
Performing the private in public --
"We are it" : building on the urban frontier --
"Harlem rides the range" --
Toward a "room" of their own --
Internal frontiers --
"Interwoven destinies" : wars at home and abroad --
The crisis of the world --
"The girl you leave behind" --
An urban homefront --
"A grand place" : black America's community center --
A community center --
Educating for Christian democracy --
Christianizing city politics --
Girls' work --
Leadership training --
"Against the tide" : interracial work and racial conflict.
Responsibility: Judith Weisenfeld.

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This is the story of New York's Young Women's Christian Association, from 1905-1945. It examines the work of middle class black women who were committed to social action and institutional expression  Read more...

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