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Gender and Jim Crow: Sarah Dudley Pettey's Vision of the New South


Abstract:
Sarah Dudley Pettey was an eminent African-American feminist in New Bern in the 1890s who belonged to the generation of black women born in freedom. As a member of the aspiring middle class, Pettey predicted white recognition of black accomplishments and that class consciousness would extend across racial lines based on the expanding black middle class. When the Democrats launched a white supremacy campaign in 1898 seeking to destroy black aspirations and limit economic possibilities, they both institutionalized the prevailing racial trends and profoundly recorded society. Many African American women, including Pettey became feminists seeking reform, but encountered both racial and patriarchal suppression.
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