Colored Amazons: Crime, Violence, and Black Women in the by Kali N. Gross

By Kali N. Gross

Colored Amazons is a groundbreaking historic research of the crimes, prosecution, and incarceration of black ladies in Philadelphia on the flip of the 20th century. Kali N. Gross reconstructs black women’s crimes and their representations in well known press money owed and in the discourses of city and penal reform. most significantly, she considers what those crimes signified in regards to the stories, targets, and frustrations of the marginalized ladies who dedicated them. Gross argues that the perpetrators and the country together built black lady crime. For a few girls, crime functioned as a way to achieve own and social autonomy. For the nation, black woman crime and its representations successfully galvanized and justified a bunch of city reform projects that reaffirmed white, middle-class authority.

Gross attracts on criminal files, trial transcripts, information bills, and infrequent mug shot pictures. delivering an summary of Philadelphia’s black ladies criminals, she describes the women’s paintings, housing, and rest actions and their social place on the subject of the city’s native-born whites, ecu immigrants, and elite and middle-class African american citizens. She relates how information money owed exaggerated black woman crime, buying and selling in sensationalistic pix of threatening “colored Amazons,” and she or he considers criminologists’ interpretations of the women’s legal acts, interpretations principally in line with notions of hereditary illegal activity. finally, Gross contends that the historical past of black girl criminals is in lots of methods a background of the rift among the political rhetoric of democracy and the felony and social realities of these marginalized through its shortcomings.

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