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Black Intellectual Thought in Modern AmericaA Historical Perspective$
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Brian D. Behnken, Gregory D. Smithers, and Simon Wendt

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496813657

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496813657.001.0001

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Steps in and Places Outside

Steps in and Places Outside

The Reception of Black Feminist Intellectuals and Black Feminist Theory in Modern America

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(p.138) Chapter Five Steps in and Places Outside
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Black Intellectual Thought in Modern America
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Benita Roth

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496813657.003.0006

This chapter analyzes black feminist thought that grew out of civil rights-era activism. It highlights that while there is a broad scholarly understanding of black feminism, black feminists have often been hidden from public view. However, black women and black feminists have done much to alter what it means to be black and female in the United States. The chapter also specifically notes the origins of intersectionality in black feminist scholarship and the role that intersectionality continues to play in feminist discourses. It underlines not only the diversity of African American women's lived experiences—what it means to be simultaneously a racially minoritized individual but also a woman—but also the multiplicity of oppressions that black women experience, from racism to sexism and beyond.

Keywords:   black feminism, black women, black feminists, United States, intersectionality, oppressions, racism, sexism

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