Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman

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In a beautifully written work of nonfiction, Hartman weaves story through history by inhabiting the sparse records of young Black women at the beginning of the 20th century. Along with photos, these meticulously collected stories meet in stairwells, in the chorus line, and on street corners, as Hartman, with nuance and depth--and paying special care to the multiplicities of her subjects' wants, desires, beliefs, and pleasures--brings to life a series of fascinating and radical women who dared to live as their embodied selves--even when every system attempted to criminalize their existence. Hartman mentions names you may know such as Gladys Bentley and W.E.B. DuBois as well as faces that may have blended in with the crowd; this is a book everyone should read.  


Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals By Saidiya Hartman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393357622
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 14th, 2020