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date: 02 June 2020

Revolutionary Warlocked

  • Betty Wood

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Apart from their common physiology black women on the eve of the American Revolution were no more alike than were their white counterparts They were differentiated and differentiated themselves in various ways by their legal status place of birth age place of residence and occupation as well as by religious and sexual preferences Regardless of these differences and their precise circumstances by the mid 1760s all black women from Massachusetts in the North to Georgia in the South were beginning to wonder what the implications of the escalating political crisis between Britain and its mainland American colonies meant for themselves and their loved ones During the next quarter of a century they would find themselves presented with an array of challenges and opportunities that both promised and threatened to change their lives forever Black women would respond in different ways to the situations in which they found themselves Not for ...

A version of this article originally appeared in Black Women in America, 2nd ed.

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