Date of Award

Spring 1991

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Black Studies, English Literature, History


In this paper I intend to demonstrate that, despite their general exclusion from widely read historical accounts, Black women have been politically active since the first large groups of African slaves began coming to this country in the eighteenth century. And, I will also assert that the lack or perceived lack of Black women's participation in white feminist groups does not reflect a lack of political interest on their part. But rather, this lack of participation reflects a difference in political priority and points to the near exclusion by white feminist groups of issues of sexism as they relate to the politics of race.