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Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump

Palgrave Macmillan


  • Highlights how black feminist politics has impacted the massive political shifts of the past seven years, including Black Lives Matter and the rise of the alt-right

  • Updates black feminist historical record to include digital organizing and the mainstreaming of black feminist concepts in 21st century U.S. politics

  • Responds to contemporary political debates

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Softcover Book USD 29.99
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About this book

From “black girl magic” to Black Lives Matter, the second decade of the 21st century is defined by black feminist politics. Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump is a definitive investigation of the mainstreaming of black feminist politics in the 21st century. Following on the success of Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton and Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Obama, this volume incorporates the black women leaders of Black Lives Matter; contemporary black feminist political stars like Rep. Maxine Waters and Senator Kamala Harris; and the transformative influence of black feminist political strategy and principles in mainstream U.S. politics, especially in the 2016 U.S. election. The text also deepens earlier editions’ consideration of sexuality and gender identity in black feminist politics and explores the role of digital organizing and social media in setting the terms of contemporary political struggles. A must-read for scholars in Political Science, American Studies, Africana Studies, History, and Gender/Feminist/Women’s Studies, Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump also breaks down the complexity of contemporary politics for an everyday reader eager to understand how black women have been defining leadership and politics since the mid-century.


  • africana studies
  • gender
  • feminism
  • intersectionality
  • black lives matter
  • Black Women in Politics
  • Movement 4 Black Lives
  • Combahee River Collective
  • Maxine Waters
  • Kamala Harris
  • Gwen Moore
  • us politics


“This is a book that can be read from a scholarly perspective on black feminism in politics, but the beauty of it is you can also be someone reading simply to further knowledge. It is a book that is necessary to the discussion of black feminism, the political landscape, and woman’s movement in general in this country. I recommend this book highly.” (ThyBlackMan,, February 13, 2020)

“The author pulls no punches and is very much in the modern thinker. Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump examines how black feminist politics have become more and more a part of mainstream culture, and something often discussed and debated.” (Kevin Winter, San Francisco Book Review,, January, 2019)
“This new edition will be promptly welcomed, read and used in university courses and seminars, as well as in party, social movement and organizational planning efforts. Harris has enriched her already important exploration of the history, politics and political beliefs of African American women from the 19th century through the present. ” (Dianne Pinderhuges, Presidential Faculty Fellow and Professor in Africana Studies and Political Science, The University of Notre Dame, USA) 

“Anyone who wants to understand our current American political landscape must understand Black Feminist thought. This updated classic is the best place to begin.” (Heath Fogg Davis, Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program and Associate Professor of Political Science, Temple University, USA)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Macalester College, Saint Paul, USA

    Duchess Harris

About the author

Duchess Harris is Professor and Chair of American Studies at Macalester College, USA.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 29.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)