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Telling HistoriesBlack Women Historians in the Ivory Tower$
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Deborah Gray White

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832011

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807889121_white

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Introduction: A Telling History

Introduction: A Telling History

(p.1) Introduction: A Telling History
Telling Histories

Deborah Gray White

University of North Carolina Press

This book is an examination of late-twentieth-century African American women in the historical profession that begins with Fannie Barrier Williams's 1905 commentary on “the colored girl.” Williams's words and experiences resonate in the autobiographies compiled in this volume, and in the history of black women in the historical profession. Williams was, after all, an educator, and, like the Chicago “girls” she refers to, an audacious trailblazer for professional African American women. One need not look further than her refusal in 1894 to withdraw her nomination for membership in the all-white, very prestigious Chicago Woman's Club. White friends had put Williams's name forward, and despite the fact that there were no other African American members, Williams had not expected to have to fight publicly for over a year to gain membership.

Keywords:   African American women, historical profession, Fannie Barrier Williams, colored girl, Chicago Woman's Club

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