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Walking RaddyThe Baby Dolls of New Orleans$
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Kim Vaz-Deville

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496817396

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496817396.001.0001

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Geographies of Pain, Geographies of Pleasure

Geographies of Pain, Geographies of Pleasure

Black Women in Jim Crow New Orleans

(p.31) Geographies of Pain, Geographies of Pleasure
Walking Raddy

LaKisha Michelle Simmons

University Press of Mississippi

In this chapter, LaKisha Simmons argues that the Jim Crow streets in New Orleans were sites of racial violence for black women and girls. By exploring cases of assault and police brutality on the city streets during segregation, the chapter contends that bodily vulnerability defined black womanhood. Yet despite the violence and trauma of Jim Crow life, black women went out on the streets in search of pleasure. Simmons contends that the Million Dollar Baby Dolls declared their humanity and reclaimed their bodies by seeking out pleasure. Simmons analyzes Ralston Crawford photographs of black women dancing and partying to better understand pleasure geographies and black female performance culture in New Orleans during segregation.

Keywords:   Jim Crow, Performance culture, Police brutality, Black Women, Pleasure

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