As an Americanist, my research explores rural Black southern women’s grassroots activism in twentieth century left social movements. My topic of interest moves beyond previous works on Rural History by centering on Black women’s experiences. My research and writings are informed by their world view and the everyday realities that shaped their activist agendas. Rural Black women significantly influenced the growth and direction of the Black liberation movement in the United States and abroad. I seek to expand the historiography in this area by unearthing their roles and contributions in ways that will certainly influence future scholarship within the field of Rural History and Black Women’s Studies.
Advisor: Edward Baptist