“I Got So Mad, I Just Had to Get Something off My Chest”

Mary E. Frederickson

in Looking South

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036038
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038469 | DOI:
“I Got So Mad, I Just Had to Get Something off My Chest”

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This chapter theorizes the complex reform strategies adopted by black and white women on issues ranging from working conditions to collective organizing, public health, education, immigration, and women's rights. This chapter carefully examines the work of activist women in the South as increasing numbers of working-class white and African American women joined women-centered organizations in the early twentieth century. Class and racial tensions simmered, often below the surface, as women negotiated the contested terrain of economic needs and community concerns in a society marked by racial and economic segregation. This chapter looks closely at YWCA industrial clubs, church groups, trade unions, and the Southern Summer School for Women Workers, organizations that constructed their identities by supporting women's activism in the changing cultural and political milieu of the New South.

Keywords: African American women; economic segregation; YWCA industrial clubs; church groups; trade unions; Southern Summer School

Chapter.  12186 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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