With Her Fist Raised: Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Transformative Power of Black Community Activism

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Beacon Press
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5.8 X 9.4 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Laura L. Lovett is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, and specializes in 20th century US women's history and the history of children's youth. Lovett is the author of Conceiving the Future: Pronatalism, Reproduction, and the Family in the United States, 1890-1930 and the co-editor of several books including "It's Our Movement Now" Black Women's Politics and the 1977 National Women's Conference. She is the recipient of numerous honors and was selected as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians in 2017.


"Readers will cherish this accessible portrait of a lesser-known civil rights figure."
--Publishers Weekly

"A vigorous, vivifying portrait. This biography of a firebrand best known for her activism during the second wave of US feminism captures the fervor of the woman and her time."
--Shelf Awareness

"Lovett's book is a fascinating read for anyone wanting to know more about Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Black feminist organizing and interracial feminist collaboration in the US women's movement--a history we should know."
--Ms. Magazine

"I entered Dorothy's life when she became my speaking partner, and she was already a pioneer of community organizing in New York City. With Her Fist Raised begins with her family in rural Georgia, and with her vision and bravery in defying a life limited by racism or sexism. I can't imagine any book that could tell you more about this country or about the human spirit."
--Gloria Steinem

"With Her Fist Raised is a testament to the impact, diversity, and reach of African American women's leadership and activism. Guided by Lovett's careful and thorough research, this story of Dorothy Pitman Hughes's life enhances the way we understand intersectional activism and social movements in the United States through her fight for civil rights, community empowerment, and childcare. She emerges from the shadow of Steinem as a force in her own right."
--Francoise Hamlin, author of Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II