Chapter

Introduction

Angela Hornsby-Gutting

in Black Manhood and Community Building in North Carolina, 1900–1930

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780813032931
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039404 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032931.003.0006
Introduction

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This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to show how North Carolina's black men and women were equally engaged in community-based activism during the Jim Crow era. Central to this investigation is an examination of men's appropriation of communal spaces — generally labeled public and private — to promote gendered agency, cooperation, and, at times, sexual dominance. The factors influencing the development of African-American gender identity are then discussed. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: African American men; black men; disenfranchisement; Jim Crow era; communal spaces; gender identity

Chapter.  5925 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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