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Descendents of Hagar (1950s)

Sarah Azaransky

in The Dream Is Freedom

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199744817
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897308 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744817.003.0003
Descendents of Hagar (1950s)

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This chapter covers Murray's career and writings as a young lawyer in the late 1940s through the 1950s. It explores her development of a new kind of American history and an account of black American identity as integral to her democratic thought. In response to McCarthyist insinuations that she is disloyal, she published a family memoir that portrayed her multiracial family and the history of violence against which it was formed. In the late 1950s, Murray left the United States for Ghana in search for a sense of home, but ultimately concluded that her racial identity and history made her irrevocably American.

Keywords: Pauli Murray; African American lawyers; African American women; black American identity; racial identity

Chapter.  11032 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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