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talk with you like a woman GENDER AND AMERICAN CULTURE Coeditors Thadious M. Davis Mary Kelley Editorial Advisory Board Nancy Cott Jane Sherron De Hart John D’Emilio Farrah Griffin Amy Kaplan Linda K. Kerber Annette Kolodny Nell Irvin Painter Janice Radway Barbara Sicherman Emerita Board Members Cathy N. Davidson Sara Evans Wendy Martin A complete list of books published in Gender and American Culture is available at www.uncpress.unc.edu. talk with you like a woman AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN, JUSTICE, AND REFORM IN NEW YORK, 1890–1935 Cheryl D. Hicks The University of North Carolina PressChapel Hill © 2010 THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS All rights reserved Manufactured in the United States of America Designed by Kimberly Bryant and set in Miller and Smokler types by Tseng Information Systems, Inc. The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources. The University of North Carolina Press has been a member of the Green Press Initiative since 2003. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hicks, Cheryl D., 1971– Talk with you like a woman : African American women, justice, and reform in New York, 1890–1935 / Cheryl D. Hicks. p. cm. — (Gender and American culture) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-8078-3424-4 (cloth : alk. paper) — ISBN 978-0-8078-7162-1 (pbk : alk. paper) 1. African American women—Employment—New York (State)—New York. 2. African American women—New York (State)—New York—Social conditions—History. 3. Sex role—New York (State)—New York—History—19th century. 4. Women’s rights—New York (State)—New York—History—19th century. 5. Racism—New York (State)—New York—History—20th century. I. Title. F128.9.N4H53 2010 305.48′8960730747—dc22 2010027107 cloth&1413121110&54321&&paper&1413121110&54321 Portions of this work appeared previously in somewhat different form in Cheryl D. Hicks, “‘In Danger of Becoming Morally Depraved’: Single Black Women, Working-Class Black Families, and New York State’s Wayward Minor Law, 1917–1928,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 151 U. PA. L. Rev. 2077 (2003) (printed here with permission); and Cheryl D. Hicks, “‘Bright and Good Looking Colored Girl’: Black Women’s Sexuality and ‘Harmful Intimacy’ in Early TwentiethCentury New York,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 18, no. 3 (2009): 418–56 (© 2009 by the University of Texas Press. All rights reserved). for my parents, THEODORE W. HICKS and DELORIS J. HICKS and my sister, MICHELLE R. HICKS ...


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  • African American women -- Employment -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • African American women -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions -- History.
  • Sex role -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century.
  • Women's rights -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century.
  • Racism -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
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