Yours in Struggle


Yours in Struggle is a book of essays jointly authored by Elly Bulkin, Minnie Bruce Pratt, and Barbara Smith. It was originally published by Long Haul Press in 1984, and re-issued by Firebrand Books in 1988. It contains:

Minnie Bruce Pratt’s "Identity: Skin Blood Heart"

Barbara Smith’s "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Relationships/ Between Black and Jewish Women"

Elly Bulkin’s "Hard Ground: Jewish Identity, Racism, and Anti-Semitism

Yours in Struggle has been adopted for classroom use in hundreds of colleges and universities, and has been a manual for grassroots organizing. It is now considered a feminist classic.

From the authors to "our readers":

"Yours in Struggle grew out of the three of us having known each other for several years. We are all lesbians who have worked together politically and respect each other’s work. This book happened because we were able to talk to each other in the first place, despite our very different identities and backgrounds—white Christian-raised Southerner, Afro-American, Ashkenazi Jew. Each of us speaks only for herself, and we do not necessarily agree with each other. Yet we believe our cooperation on this book indicates possibilities for coalition work.

We are writing as part of a growing dialogue among women whose backgrounds and political perspectives are far more diverse than our own. We are aware that a great deal more can be said about anti-Semitism and racism than we can possibly say here. And we are particularly aware of how much more needs to be done about these issues. As activists, we hope that our writing will support the organizing being done by women in our communities."

A classic commentary of post-colonial feminist theory was written about "Identity: Skin Blood Heart" by Biddy Martin and Chandra Talpade Mohanty. Their essay, "Feminist Politics: What’s Home Got To Do With It?" was published in Feminist Studies, Critical Studies, edited by Teresa de Laurentis.

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Yours In Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives On Racism And Anti-Semitism,
with Elly Bulkin and Barbara Smith
paper ISBN 0-932379-53-2
cloth ISBN 0-932379-54-0

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