Crescent City Girls
LaKisha Michelle Simmons
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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Pädagogik
What was it like to grow up black and female in the segregated South? To answer this question, LaKisha Simmons blends social history and cultural studies, recreating children's streets and neighborhoods within Jim Crow New Orleans and offering a rare look into black girls' personal lives. Simmons argues that these children faced the difficult task of adhering to middle-class expectations of purity and respectability even as they encountered the daily realities of Jim Crow violence, which included interracial sexual aggression, street harassment, and presumptions of black girls' impurity.
Simmons makes use of oral histories, the black and white press, social workers' reports, police reports, girls' fiction writing, and photography to tell the stories of individual girls: some from poor, working-class families; some from middle-class, "respectable" families; and some caught in the Jim Crow judicial system. These voices come together to create a group biography of ordinary girls living in an extraordinary time, girls who did not intend to make history but whose stories transform our understanding of both segregation and childhood.
New Orleans Young Progressive Party, Jim Crow in New Orleans, history of Rampart Street, history and African American Mardi Gras, violence and Jim Crow in New Orleans, African American children and history, Colored YWCA in New Orleans, segregation and Canal Street, Allison Davis, the Riverfront in New Orleans, John Dollard, black girls, black girls and sexual violence, history of New Orleans neighborhoods, children in New Orleans, segregation in New Orleans, History of the French Quarter, race in New Orleans, Charles Guerand, New Orleans history, Sisters of the Holy Family, geography of New Orleans, segregation and childhood, House of the Good Shepherd, Oakley Johnson, Children of Bondage, Aline St. Julien, Hattie McCray, African Americans and True Confessions, African Americans in New Orleans, Kingsley House, History of Canal Street, children and geography, Claude Haydel, McDonogh 35, history of Hurricane Katrina, St. Mary’s Academy in New Orleans, black Catholics in New Orleans, history of delinquency