Date of Award

1996

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Adam, B.

Keywords

Sociology, General.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This study focuses on the development of the Hour-A-Day Study Club during the period of 1935-1955. This thesis explores the origins and development of the club by focusing on its programs, its organizational structure, its charitable events, its cultural events, its self-improvement efforts and its cooperation with other clubs that formed the context of the club's activities. Central issues addressed are: What were the conditions influencing the development of the club? What were the goals of the club? What role did this club fulfill within the black community and for the members themselves? These questions reveal that club members were motivated by their own experiences to educate their children, to improve themselves, and to assist their community in combating discriminatory practices in employment, public accommodations, and housing. These women used their common experiences with inequality as an ideological basis for club activities and to explore avenues to ameliorate social injustice. This study argues that the Hour-A-Day Study Club's activities represent a collective response to the circumstances in its members' community in an effort to empower themselves. The Hour-A-Day Study Club becomes therefore a site of survival and a vehicle for social change.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1995 .M54. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-06, page: 2250. Adviser: Barry Adam. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1996.

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