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The intent of this entry is to offer a cultural and historical analysis and overview of the complex journey of African women who were enslaved and brought to North America. Too often, conceptual frameworks that portend to understand the experiences of African women, men, and children are marred by European and Arab paradigms of progress. It is suggested here that the concept of progress itself is culturally defined by those who have, throughout time, believed in the inferiority of African people and, in particular, African women. This entry attempts to present a perspective that will add clarity and contribute needed specificity to what is known regarding the myriad struggles of women of African descent in North America.

The power of African women to assert ...

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