This book takes up one crucial aspect of the “woman question” debate: the extent to which African American women would exercise autonomy and authority within their community's public culture. Black activist thought on the question changed over the course of the century. In some cases convergences fostered the enhancement of women's public standing; at other times disagreements thwarted women's claims and threatened the well-being of the institutions of which they were a part. Always, the woman question generated challenges over power. The parameters of the debate cut across institutional boundaries. Biblical precepts were employed to support the seating of women in political conventions, and political theory was used to argue against the elevation of women to the ministry. Finally, the debate emerged across a broad geographic terrain.
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