Word of the Week: Galvanize

As in: “Then, Josephine Ruffin circulated amongst subscribers to her Woman’s Era copies of a hostile letter from the white male president of the Missouri Press Association to the secretary of the Anti-Lynching Society of England, ridiculing and casting doubt upon all black women’s virtue. This letter helped galvanize black women to organize in their own defense” (Parker, 2010, p.192).

Parker, A. M. (2010). Articulating rights: Nineteenth-century American women on race, reform and the state. Dekalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press.

For definitions of galvanize, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

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