Black Women Strugglers of the 19th Century to Present

Annotated Bibliography

Berry, M. F. & Blassingame, J. W. (2006).   Long Memory: The Black Experience in America.   Review by:   Raymond Wolters.   The American Historical Review, Vol.88, No. 5 (Dec, 1983), pp. 1342-1343.   Published by:   The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the American Historical Association.   Article Stable URL:
This book is an attempt to give an overview of the experience of black people in America.   It extends from a brief introduction to life in Africa before the Atlantic slave trade to the status of present-day African Americans.   One Chapter in particular deals with free blacks, and although there is little information specifically regarding the status of black women during this era, this chapter serves as an excellent introduction to the study of free blacks in ante-bellum America.

Foner, P. S. & Lewis, R. L. (1978).   The Black Workers to 1869:   A Documentary History from Colonial Times to the Present.   Review by:   Richard Paul Fuke.   Labour/Le Travail, Vol. 28, (Fall, 1991), pp. 356-357.   Publish by:   Canadian Committee on Labour History and Athabasca University Press.   Article Stable URL:
This book will be helpful on researching the status of free black women because it offers a survey of the leading occupations of black women in the north and the south.   It contains accounts written by free African-Americans discussing their occupations, living conditions, and race relations.   Also found in this work are various lists, which outline the work patterns of both women and men.   It highlights the jobs as Mantua markers, seamstresses, and cook among the most prevalent occupations of free black women and lists actual free black women and men and their jobs.

Harley, S. & Terborg-Penn, R. (1997).   The Afro-American Woman:   Struggles and Images.   Review by:   Bess Beatty.   The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 45, No. 2 (May, 1979), pp. 304-305....