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The Religious History of American WomenReimagining the Past$
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Catherine A. Brekus

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831021

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807867990_brekus

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“Are You the White Sisters or the Black Sisters?” Women Confounding Categories of Race and Gender

“Are You the White Sisters or the Black Sisters?” Women Confounding Categories of Race and Gender

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(p.253) 10 “Are You the White Sisters or the Black Sisters?” Women Confounding Categories of Race and Gender
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The Religious History of American Women
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Amy Koehlinger

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807867990_brekus.13

This chapter explores the history of Catholic women from their own perspective. Focusing on the experience of Catholic sisters who worked to promote racial justice in the 1960s, it shows that both Catholic and Protestant women played key roles in social reform movements, including the civil rights movement. The chapter also considers race and gender as vulnerable social constructions rather than concrete ontological realities. It illuminates the relevance of the Catholic sisters' experience to the history of the public activism of women in America and to American religious history generally.

Keywords:   social reform, women, Catholic sisters, racial justice, civil rights movement, race, gender, activism, America, religious history

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