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Experiencing Race, Class and Gender in the United States

Ed. Virginia Cyrus, Mayfield Publishing Co., 1993

A collection of works on oppression organized by topics of “Identity,” “Power” and “Change.”

 

Race, Class and Gender: An Anthology

Ed. Margaret L. Andersen and Patricia Hill Colins, Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1995

An excellent anthology for activists; deals with institutional oppression and public policy issues.

 

Race, Class and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study

Ed. Paula S. Rothenerg, St. Martin’s Press, 1995

Focuses on similarities and differences between and among forms of oppression and the ways they intersect; contains secions on the ‘Economics of Race, Class and Gender,” on “How It Happened: Race and Gender Issues in the U.S.” and on “Revisioning the Future.”

 

The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy

William Julius Wilson, University of Chicago Press, 1987

A scholarly and provocative analysis of the roots of Black poverty in the inner city.

 

When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America

Paula Giddings, William Morrow Paperbacks, 2nd Edition, 2007

Giddings states in the Preface to the 1984 edition, “When and Where I Enter attempts to strike a balance between the subjective and the objective. Although it is the product of extensive research, it is not without a point of view or a sense of mission. A mission to tell a story largely untold. For despite the range and significance of our history, we have been perceived as token women in Black texts and as token Blacks in feminist ones… So I set out to write a narrative history of Black women, tracing their concerns—and what they did about them—from the seventeenth century to the contemporary period. It is thematic in approach, using a broad canvas to illustrate the nature and meaning of the Black woman’s experience.”

 

Women, Race & Class

Angela Davis, Vintage, 1983.

A wonderfully informative book about the intersection of gender, race and class, and a powerful study of the women’s movement in the U.S. from abolitionist days to the present that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders.

 

 

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