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As the major national biracial women's organization, the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) provided a unique venue for women to respond to American race relations during the first half of the twentieth century. In Christian Sisterhood, Race Relations, and the YWCA, 1906-46, Nancy Marie Robertson shows how women of both races employed different understandings of "Christian sisterhood" in their responses. Although the YWCA was segregated at the local level, African American women were able to effectively challenge white women over YWCA racial policies and practices. Robertson argues that from 1906 through 1946, many white women in the association went from seeing segregation as compatible with Christianity and democracy to regarding it as a contradiction of those values. These struggles laid the groundwork for the subsequent civil rights movement. Her analysis relies not only on a large body of records documenting YWCA women at the national and local levels, but also on autobiographical accounts and personal papers from women associated with the YWCA, including Dorothy Height, Lugenia Burns Hope, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, and Lillian Smith.

A volume in the series Women in American History, edited by Anne Firor Scott, Susan Armitage, Susan K. Cahn, and Deborah Gray White

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"This book would be a great addition to classes that focus on feminist history, women's organization, and race relations."--Contemporary Sociology

"An important contribution to the literatures on early-twentieth-century women's history, religion, and the civil rights movement. Most significantly, Nancy Marie Robertson has demonstrated the ways in which religion played a vital role in promoting and sustaining the interracial character of the Young Women's Christian Association."--Journal of Southern History

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252077104
Author:
Robertson, Nancy Marie
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Author:
Robertson, Nancy
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Nonprofit Organizations & Charities
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Women in American History
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 black and white photograph
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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