A Colored Woman in a White World / Edition 1

A Colored Woman in a White World / Edition 1

by Mary Church Terrell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 159102322X

ISBN-13: 9781591023227

Pub. Date: 05/20/2005

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Though today she is little known, Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) was one of the most remarkable women of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Active in both the civil rights movement and the campaign for women’s suffrage, Terrell was a leading spokesperson for the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the first president of the National

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Though today she is little known, Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) was one of the most remarkable women of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Active in both the civil rights movement and the campaign for women’s suffrage, Terrell was a leading spokesperson for the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the first president of the National Association of Colored Women, and the first black woman appointed to the District of Columbia Board of Education and the American Association of University Women. She was also a charter member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In this autobiography, originally published in 1940, Terrell describes the important events and people in her life.

Terrell began her career as a teacher, first at Wilberforce College and then at a high school in Washington, D.C., where she met her future husband, Robert Heberton Terrell. After marriage, the women’s suffrage movement attracted her interests and before long she became a prominent lecturer at both national and international forums on women’s rights. A gifted speaker, she went on to pursue a career on the lecture circuit for close to thirty years, delivering addresses on the critical social issues of the day, including segregation, lynching, women’s rights, the progress of black women, and various aspects of black history and culture. Her talents and many leadership positions brought her into close contact with influential black and white leaders, including Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Robert Ingersoll, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Jane Addams, and others.

With a new introduction by Debra Newman Ham, professor of history at Morgan State University, this new edition of Mary Church Terrell’s autobiography will be of interest to students and scholars of both women’s studies and African American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591023227
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
05/20/2005
Series:
Classics in Black Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
487
Sales rank:
785,307
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.33(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction29
1My Parents31
2Early Childhood43
3I Am Sent North to School49
4My Parents Send Me to Oberlin, Ohio61
5I Enter Oberlin College71
6Activities During College Course81
7I Go to Memphis, Teach in Wilberforce and Washington and Go Abroad89
8I Study in Germany105
9In Europe with Mother and Brother115
10I Leave Berlin and Go to Florence125
11I Return to the United States135
12With Frederick Douglass and Paul Dunbar at the World's Fair145
13Buying a Home Under Difficulties149
14Learning to Cook and Entertaining Guests157
15The Commissioners of the National Capital Appoint Me a Member of the School Board163
16The National American Woman Suffrage Association Invites Me to Speak179
17Club Work185
18On the Lecture Platform195
19Notable Lecture Engagements203
20Prince Henry of Prussia, Dr. Booker T. Washington and Tuskegee229
21In Berlin, Germany237
22Distinguished People I Met Abroad249
23My Efforts to Succeed as a Writer261
24My Children and I279
25My Experience as a Clerk in a Government Department291
26Efforts in Senate to Prevent Judge Terrell's Confirmation301
27The Secretary of War Suspends Order Dismissing Colored Soldiers at My Request309
28Harriet Beecher Stowe Centenary and My Sally into Spiritualism319
29Trying to Get a Colored Girl into an Academy in the North327
30Traveling Under Difficulties335
31Political Activities-Charged with Disorderly Conduct347
32Work in War Camp Community Service357
33Delegate to the International Peace Congress369
34Meeting Old Friends and New-Plus a Dose of Race Prejudice Administered by My Countrymen377
35A Week-end Visit with Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Wells-I Meet Other Distinguished People in England389
36Employed by Ruth Hanna McCormick to Help in Her Campaign for the United States Senate. Abroad with My Daughter397
37A Few Cases of Friction401
38Crossing the Color Line413
39The Colored Man's Paradise425
40Social Activities439
41I Address the International Assembly of the World Fellowship of Faiths in London and Meet Haile Selassie445
42Carrying On451
Index473

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