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A Band of Noble Women Racial Politics in the Women’s Peace Movement Melinda Plastas Syracuse University Press Copyright © 2011 by Syracuse University Press Syracuse, New York 13244-5290 All Rights Reserved First Edition 2011 11 12 13 14 15 16 6 5 4 3 2 1 ∞ The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48-1992. For a listing of books published and distributed by Syracuse University Press, visit our Web site at ISBN: 978-0-8156-3257-3 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Plastas, Melinda. A band of noble women : racial politics in the women’s peace movement / Melinda Plastas. — 1st ed. p. cm. — (Syracuse studies on peace and conflict resolution) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978–0-8156–3257–3 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom—History. 2. Women and peace—United States— History—20th century. 3. Peace movements—United States—History—20th century. 4. African American pacifists—History—20th century. 5. United States—Race relations—History—20th century. I. Title. JZ5578.P53 2011 303.6'6092520973—dc23 2011020053 Manufactured in the United States of America This book is dedicated to and in memory of my mother, Patricia Plastas. Melinda Plastas teaches in the Women and Gender Studies program at Bates College. ...


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