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On this page you will find an extensive bibliography of books on the history and literature of black women. Currently this page reflects the scholarship up until 1998. The page will be updated soon to reflect new work in the field.

Aptheker, Bettina. Woman's Legacy: Essays in Race, Sex, and Class in American History. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1982.

Bogin, Ruth and Bert James Loewenberg. Black Women in Nineteenth Century American Life. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1976.

Carby, Hazel V. Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Clark-Lewis, Elizabeth. Living In, Living Out: African American Domestics and the Great Migration. New York: Kodansha International, 1996.

Fox-Genovese, Elizabeth. Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1988.

Gaspar, David Barry and Darlene Clark Hine, ed. More Than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.

Giddings, Paula. When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America. Paperback edition, New York: Bantam Books, 1985.

Gordon, Ann D., Bettye Collier-Thomas, John H. Bracey, Arlene Voski Avakian, Joyce Avrech Berkman, eds. African American Women and the Vote, 1837-1965, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.

Guy-Sheftall, Beverly. Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought. New York: The New Press, 1995.

Harley, Sharon and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, eds. The Afro-American Woman: Struggles and Images. Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat, 1978.

Hine, Darlene Clark, ed. Black Women in United States History. Brooklyn: Carlson Publishing, 1990.

---, Elsa Barkley-Brown and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, eds. Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. Brooklyn: Carlson Publishing, 1992.

---, Wilma King and Linda Reed, eds. We Specialize in the Wholly Impossible: A Reader in Black Women 's History. Brooklyn: Carlson Publishing, 1995.

---, ed. Facts on File Encyclopedia of Black Women in America. New York: Facts on File, 1997.

---, with Kathleen Thompson. A Shining Thread of Hope: The HIstory of Black Women in America. New York: Broadway Books, 1998.

Hull, Gloria T., Patricia Bell Scott and Barbara Smith, eds. But Some of Us Are Brave. Old Westbury, N.Y.: Feminist Press, 1982.

Jones, Jacqueline. Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present. New York: Basic, 1985.

Katz, William Loren. Black Women of the Old West. New York: Atheneum, 1995.

Lebsock, Suzanne. The Free Women of Petersburg: Status and Culture in a Southern Town, 1784-1860. New York: W. W. Norton, 1984.

Shaw, Stephanie J. What a Woman Ought to Be and to Do. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Smith, Barbara, ed. Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology. New York: Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, 1983.

Stevenson, Brenda E. Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

White, Deborah Gray. Ar'n't I A Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South. New York: Norton, 1985.

Yee, Shirley. Black Women Abolitionists: A Study in Activism, 1828-1860. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1992.


Woman, probably a student at the National Training School for Women and Girls, ca. 1900. Nanny Helen Burroughs Collection , Library of Congress, neg #: LC-USZ62-122101.