history - at once sobering and empowering - showing Black women's
expansive contributions since the 1600s.
Spanning over 400
years, this book, written by two award-winning Black women
historians, prioritizes all voices: from poor and working-class
domestics to middle-class reform women to sex workers and female
convicts. The book challenges historical stereotypes and myths but
also offers a contemporary understanding of Black women in America,
highlighting diverse voices and lives--from activists to athletes to
rappers. Focusing on the unique and expansive experience of Black
women, Berry and Gross reach far beyond a single narrative of Black
women in America. The result is a book that centers race, gender and
sexuality in the North, as well as the South, and in both rural and
urban areas, to show that Black women are--and have always
been--instrumental in shaping our history.