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Crescent City Girls

LaKisha Michelle Simmons


What was it like to grow up black and female in the segregated South? To answer this question, this book blends social history and cultural studies, recreating children's streets and neighborhoods within Jim Crow New Orleans and offering a rare look into black girls' personal lives. The book argues that these children faced the difficult task of adhering to middle-class expectations of purity and respectability even as they encountered the daily realities of Jim Crow violence, which included interracial sexual aggression, street harassment, and presumptions of black girls' impurity.

Keywords: black, female, segregated South, Jim Crow, New Orleans, personal lives, children, middle class, purity, respectability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469622804
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622804.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

LaKisha Michelle Simmons, author