Courting Communities: Black Female Nationalism and ''Syncre-Nationalism'' in the Nineteenth Century

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Courting Communities focuses on the writing and oratory of nineteenth-century African-American women whose racial uplift projects troubled the boundaries of race, nation and gender. In particular, it reexamines the politics of gender in nationalist movements and black women's creative response within and against both state and insurgent black nationalist discourses. Courting Communities highlights the ideas and rhetorical strategies of female activists considered to be less important than the prominent male nationalists. Yet their story is significant precisely because it does not fit into the pre-established categories of nationalism and leadership bequeathed to us from the past.

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Meet the Author

Kathy Glass is an Assistant Professor at Duquesne University, where she teaches courses in nineteenth-century African American and American literature. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature from UC San Diego. Glass recently published an essay on Anna Julia Cooper in Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, and is currently drafting an essay on Frances E.W. Harper's Iola Leroy.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Controversial Collectives: Sojourner Truth's Search for Home 3. Charting a Course for the Middle Class: Maria Stewart's Advice to the Middle Sector 4. Bi-National Connections: Mary Ann Shadd Cary and the Afro-Canadian Community 5. Tending to the Roots: Anna Julia Cooper on Social Labor and Harvest Reaping 6. Inheriting Community, or Educating Iola 7. Conclusion 8. Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2006

    A Sophisticated New Book

    Kathy Glass's 'Courting Communities: Black Female Nationalism and 'Syncre-Nationalism' in the Nineteenth-Century North,' is a superbly written, thoughtful examination of race, gender, and the human spirit in nineteenth-century America. Glass's clear, incisive prose renders the originality and the importance of her idea of syncre-nationalism all the more accessible. In essence, syncre-nationalism describes certain innovative strategies adopted by black female orators, writers, and activists in nineteenth-century America. Specifically, these great women sought to facilitate the development of non-traditional communities that, ideally, would protect and nurture those out of place in the dominant political and social systems of the time. Glass studies Sojourner Truth, Maria Stewart, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Anna Julia Cooper, and Frances E. W. Harper, evaluating the contributions of each woman to the promotion of syncre-nationalist concepts of personal human dignity and socio-political reform. To my mind, 'Courting Communities' introduces a fascinating and valuable thesis to the intellectual conversation on history, racial relations, and womanhood in America, and the work, through the beauty of its language and the humanity of its perspective, promises to repay an initial engagement and subsequent readings alike.

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