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ERIC Number: ED161987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Black Views of American Women: The View From Black Newspapers, 1865-1900.
Beatty, Bess
Although black journalists from 1865 to 1900 were more sensitive to stereotyping and discrimination than their white counterparts, the black papers approached women idealistically, rather than through the realistic situation in which black women existed or through their own awareness of the fact of oppression. The images and proscriptions of women in black papers did not change significantly in this time period, nor did they differ from those found in white papers. Surviving papers make it possible to discern an image of woman as a frail, often frivolous and scatterbrained gossip whose mission was caring for her home and children, serving as her husband's helpmate and maintaining the highest standards of morality. In fact, the experience of slavery had blunted delineations in male and female roles among blacks. Following emancipation, efforts to more sharply define sex roles were counseled and practiced. Black journalists challenged the negative stereotypes of black people fostered by whites, and upgraded the self-image of a usually degraded people. However, in a time period that required most black women to work for survival, newspapers presented irrational expectations, drawn from the white-inspired "cult of true womanhood." (Author/KR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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