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The Trouble between UsAn Uneasy History of White and Black Women in the Feminist Movement$
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Winifred Breines

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179040

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179040.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) Introduction
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The Trouble between Us
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Winifred Breines (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179040.003.0001

The author began the project of this book wondering why white radical feminists were considered racists by black feminists when she knew that white feminists were not racist or considered themselves anti-racist. While committed to anti-racism, white feminists had grown up in segregation and, especially in the north, did not know or have experience of black people as equals. The author's whiteness kept her from understanding the perspective of African American women and from seeing the impact of race and class on all young activists. Eventually, she revised her research questions in order to see how both groups of women experienced each other and how they were able, only after years of painful learning about racism, to devise a politics that enabled them to work politically across race.

Keywords:   1950s, idealism, integration, racism, civil rights movement, second wave feminism, socialist feminism, nostalgia, whiteness

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