African American women in the West have long been stereotyped
as socially and historically marginal, existing in isolation
from other women in the West and from their counterparts in
the East and South. Quintard Taylor and Shirley Ann Wilson Moore
disprove this stereotype, arguing that African American women
in the West played active, though sometimes unacknowledged,
roles in shaping the political, ideological, and social currents
that influenced the United States over the past three centuries.
"African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000"
is the first major historical anthology on the topic.
to this volume explore the life experiences of African American women
in the West, the myriad ways in which African American women have influenced
the experiences of the diverse peoples of the region, and their legacy
in rural and urban communities from Montana to Texas and California to
Kansas. The contributors make use of individual and collective biographies,
first-person narratives, and interviews that explore what it has meant
to be an African American woman, from the era of Spanish colonial rule
in eighteenth-century New Mexico into the black power era of the 1960s
and 1970s and beyond.
Quintard Taylor is Scott and Dorothy Bullitt
Professor of American History at the University of Washington,
Seattle. He is the author of In Search of the Racial Frontier:
African Americans in the American West.
Shirley Ann Wilson Moore is Professor of History at California
State University, Sacramento. She is the author of To Place
Our Deeds: The African American Community in Richmond, California,