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Staging migrations toward an American West : from Ida B. Wells to Rhodessa Jones  Cover Image E-book E-book

Staging migrations toward an American West : from Ida B. Wells to Rhodessa Jones

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  • OCLC: ocn891081840
  • ISBN: 1607323125
  • ISBN: 9781607323129
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
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  • Published: Boulder :University Press of Colorado,[2014]
  • Publisher: Boulder : University Press of Colorado, [2014]

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: "Tell my people to go West": Ida B. Wells -- "I'd go [wherever] they said 'show' ": Black Patti's Troubadours -- "Wherever the opportunity was goin' to be I'd a been gone": black female migrants in World War II's defense industry -- "I want to go home": Rhodessa Jones's Medea project: theatre for incarcerated women -- Epilogue: Rhodessa Jones's Medea.
Summary: Staging Migrations toward an American West examines how black women's theatrical and everyday performances of migration toward the American West expose the complexities of their struggles for sociopolitical emancipation. While migration is often viewed as merely a physical process, Effinger-Crichlow expands the concept to include a series of symbolic internal journeys within confined and unconfined spaces. Four case studies consider how the featured women-activist Ida B. Wells, singer Sissieretta ""Black Patti" Jones, World War II black female defense-industry workers, and performance artist.
Subject: African American women -- West (U.S.) -- Social conditions
African Americans -- Migrations
African American women entertainers
Migration, Internal -- United States -- History -- 19th century
African American women -- West (U.S.) -- History

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