A Colored Woman in a White World / Edition 1

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591023227
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 5/20/2005
  • Series: Classics in Black Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Sales rank: 1,293,299
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 29
1 My Parents 31
2 Early Childhood 43
3 I Am Sent North to School 49
4 My Parents Send Me to Oberlin, Ohio 61
5 I Enter Oberlin College 71
6 Activities During College Course 81
7 I Go to Memphis, Teach in Wilberforce and Washington and Go Abroad 89
8 I Study in Germany 105
9 In Europe with Mother and Brother 115
10 I Leave Berlin and Go to Florence 125
11 I Return to the United States 135
12 With Frederick Douglass and Paul Dunbar at the World's Fair 145
13 Buying a Home Under Difficulties 149
14 Learning to Cook and Entertaining Guests 157
15 The Commissioners of the National Capital Appoint Me a Member of the School Board 163
16 The National American Woman Suffrage Association Invites Me to Speak 179
17 Club Work 185
18 On the Lecture Platform 195
19 Notable Lecture Engagements 203
20 Prince Henry of Prussia, Dr. Booker T. Washington and Tuskegee 229
21 In Berlin, Germany 237
22 Distinguished People I Met Abroad 249
23 My Efforts to Succeed as a Writer 261
24 My Children and I 279
25 My Experience as a Clerk in a Government Department 291
26 Efforts in Senate to Prevent Judge Terrell's Confirmation 301
27 The Secretary of War Suspends Order Dismissing Colored Soldiers at My Request 309
28 Harriet Beecher Stowe Centenary and My Sally into Spiritualism 319
29 Trying to Get a Colored Girl into an Academy in the North 327
30 Traveling Under Difficulties 335
31 Political Activities-Charged with Disorderly Conduct 347
32 Work in War Camp Community Service 357
33 Delegate to the International Peace Congress 369
34 Meeting Old Friends and New-Plus a Dose of Race Prejudice Administered by My Countrymen 377
35 A Week-end Visit with Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Wells-I Meet Other Distinguished People in England 389
36 Employed by Ruth Hanna McCormick to Help in Her Campaign for the United States Senate. Abroad with My Daughter 397
37 A Few Cases of Friction 401
38 Crossing the Color Line 413
39 The Colored Man's Paradise 425
40 Social Activities 439
41 I Address the International Assembly of the World Fellowship of Faiths in London and Meet Haile Selassie 445
42 Carrying On 451
Index 473
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