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Jane Crow : the life of Pauli Murray.

Author: Rosalind Rosenberg
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Throughout her life, activist and lawyer Pauli Murray systematically fought against all arbitrary distinctions in society. In this biography Rosenberg offers a portrait of a figure who played pivotal roles in both the modern civil rights and women's movements. A mixed-race orphan, Murray grew up in segregated North Carolina before escaping to New York, where she attended Hunter College and became a labor activist in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Pauli Murray; Pauli Murray
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rosalind Rosenberg
ISBN: 9780190656454 019065645X
OCLC Number: 1001959261
Notes: bibl. : index.
Description: XVII, 494p. : ill. ; .. cm.
Contents: Part I: Coming of Age, 1910-1937 --
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A Southern Childhood --
Escape to New York --
Part II: Confronting Jim Crow, 1938-1941 --
"Members of Your Race Are Not Admitted" --
Bus Trouble --
A Death Sentence Leads to Law School --
Part III: Naming Jane Crow, 1941-1946 --
"I Would Gladly Change My Sex" --
California Promise --
Part IV: Surviving the Cold War, 1946-1961 --
"Apostles of Fear" --
A Person In Between --
"What Is Africa to Me?" --
Part V: A Chance to Lead, 1961-1967 --
Making Sex Suspect --
Invisible Woman --
Toward an NAACP for Women --
Part VI: To Teach, To Preach, 1967-1977 --
Professor Murray --
Triumph and Loss --
The Reverend Dr. Murray --
Epilogue.

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Throughout her life, activist and lawyer Pauli Murray systematically fought against all arbitrary distinctions in society. In this biography Rosenberg offers a portrait of a figure who played pivotal roles in both the modern civil rights and women's movements. A mixed-race orphan, Murray grew up in segregated North Carolina before escaping to New York, where she attended Hunter College and became a labor activist in the 1930s. When she applied to graduate school at the University of North Carolina, where her white great-great-grandfather had been a trustee, she was rejected because of her race. She went on to graduate first in her class at Howard Law School, only to be rejected for graduate study again at Harvard University this time on account of her sex. Murray accomplished all this while struggling with issues of identity. She believed from childhood she was male and tried unsuccessfully to persuade doctors to give her testosterone. While she would today be identified as transgender, during her lifetime no social movement existed to support this identity.

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