Cooper, Brittney C. Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women.

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Cooper, Brittney C. Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2017, pp. 208, ISBN: 9780-252-08248-1.

The volume charts the development of African American women as public intellectuals and the evolution of their thought from the end of the 1800s through the Black Power era of the 1970s. Eschewing the Great Race Man paradigm so prominent in contemporary discourse, the author looks at the far-reaching intellectual achievements of female thinkers and activists like Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, Fannie Barrier Williams, Pauli Murray, and Toni Cade Bambara to delve into the processes that transformed these women and others into racial leadership figures, including...

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