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Personal Politics: The Roots of Women's Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement & the New Left

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The women most crucial to the feminist movement that emerged in the 1960's arrived at their commitment and consciousness in response to the unexpected and often shattering experience of having their work minimized, even disregarded, by the men they considered to be their colleagues and fellow crusaders in the civil rights and radical New Left movements. On the basis of yea ...more
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Published December 15th 2010 by Vintage (first published February 27th 1979)
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The case is well made for the masculinist climate of the white wing of the movement being responsible for the emergence of Women's Lib.

However the book seems haphazardly put together with several anachronies that are not justified by thematic or theoretical concerns. Diachronic or synchronic? Can't have it both ways.
A borderline racist narrative about white women fixing the lives of African Americans in the South and then moving on to improving their own lives. Don't read this.
Craig Werner
Interesting re-reading this book more than 30 years after its original publication in 1979. At the time it was published, Evans' argument that the women's movement--then at something like its high point of public support--had its roots in the movements of the 1960s made a huge impression. Now, much of what she argued is simply the standard wisdom. What struck me on re-reading was the emphasis she puts on the role of southern women with deep religious convictions in the interracial civil rights m ...more
A considerably easy read for a monograph which draws in the relationship between the CRM, NL, and the emergence of the WLM. What is important to note while reading this book, however, is when the book was actually written, and the reason as to why it was written. Sara Evans is a historian who had written this monograph while she was working towards her doctrine in graduate school, which was then later published in 1979. Although Evans does accredit herself to a certain degree for participating w ...more
She does not use a personal account like Friedan. Instead, she makes a historical argument that the roots of 2nd wave feminism come from women’s experiences in earlier social movements. Black power and the experiences of organizing, protesting, and cross gender involvement in the Civil Rights movement shaped 2nd wave feminism. The New Left also shaped the Women’s Liberation movement both positively and negatively. Positively in that organizational skill, self-confidence, political acumen, and a ...more
A lot about this book really bothers me, but that's probably because it's based on oral history interviews. Really interesting look at how the women's rights movement got started and why its demographics (upper/middle class white) ended up the way they did.
Andrew Martin
crucial. succeeds at everything you would imagine from the subtitle, but also just a really nice summary of the linkages that brought the left from SNCC to SDS and the anti-war movement. curiously quiet on LGBTQ questions, which is more than a touch ironic when you consider that a big part of the thesis here is about the invisibility of female actors in the histories of 60's political movements...
I enjoyed this book, it was good to hear about the how the women of the 60's stood out from the crowd in an attempt to liberate themselves from the constraints of American society. This book was great because it had a lot of quotes from different members of various groups, it makes for a great primary source!
James Tracy
Pretty ambitious undertaking...the roots of feminism from other movements. Alternately suceeds and fails chapter by chapter. Good starting point to understand this part of history.
Interesting, if dated, look at the relationship between the Civil Rights Movement and the beginnings of second wave feminism.
Erika  Forth
Boring, but has some good info. Read just a few chapters, enough to write a response paper on.
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Sara M. Evans is a distinguished scholar and Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Minnesota where she taught women's history since 1976. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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