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A Band of Noble Women
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A Band of Noble Women brings together the histories of the women’s peace movement and the black women’s club and social reform movement in a story of community and consciousness building between the world wars. Believing that achievement of improved race relations was a central step in establishing world peace, African American and white women initiated new political alliances that challenged the practices of Jim Crow segregation and promoted the leadership of women in transnational politics. Under the auspices of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), they united the artistic agenda of the Harlem Renaissance, suffrage-era organizing tactics, and contemporary debates on race in their efforts to expand women’s influence on the politics of war and peace. Plastas shows how WILPF espoused middle-class values and employed gendered forms of organization building, educating thousands of people on issues ranging from U.S. policies in Haiti and Liberia to the need for global disarmament. Highlighting WILPF chapters in Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Baltimore, the author examines the successes of this interracial movement as well as its failures. A Band of Noble Women enables us to examine more fully the history of race in U.S. women’s movements and illuminates the role of the women’s peace movement in setting the foundation for the civil rights movement

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. Introduction: Race and the Politics of Peace and Freedom
  2. pp. 1-33
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  1. 1. African American Women and the Search for Peace and Freedom
  2. pp. 34-83
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  1. 2. Race and the Social Thought of White Women in the WILPF
  2. pp. 84-144
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  1. 3. Philadelphia: Forging a National Model of Interracial Peace Work
  2. pp. 145-192
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  1. 4. Cleveland, Washington, DC, and Baltimore: Extending the Network of Interracial Peace Work
  2. pp. 193-237
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 238-246
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 247-280
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 281-298
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 299-322
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