Beautiful Black Women of 1910

This group of Black girls posed for their portrait in Sacramento in 1910. At that time, middle-class Black women who were supported by their husbands and did not have to work were generally very socially and politically active, whether fighting for Blacks' civil rights or organizing to keep the Black community together. Employment opportunities for Black women in 1910 were generally limited to domestic work, whether in a private home or in an institutional capacity. The one notable exception was when Black women with higher-level educations or from middle-class backgrounds had the opportunity to attend college and study to become teachers.

While women and African Americans have often had common political interests, the alliance of their movements has not always been easy. The prioritizing of competing goals, racism within the women's movement, and the pressures exerted by southern white women to block African American women's participation all produced many moments of friction and estrangement from 1848 to 1920.

The first legal opportunity for both African Americans and women to vote came in New Jersey, where the original state constitution granted the vote to anyone who had fifty pounds of property. Many widowed or unmarried women, some black men, and at least one black woman are recorded as having voted in local elections between 1780 and 1807. (READ MORE)
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