Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins: Black Daughter of the Revolution [NOOK Book]

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Born into an educated free black family in Portland, Maine, Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859-1930) was a pioneering playwright, journalist, novelist, feminist, and public intellectual, best known for her 1900 novel Contending Forces: A Romance of Negro Life North and South. In this critical biography, Lois Brown documents for the first time Hopkins's early family life and her ancestral connections to eighteenth-century New England, the African ...
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Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins: Black Daughter of the Revolution

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Born into an educated free black family in Portland, Maine, Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859-1930) was a pioneering playwright, journalist, novelist, feminist, and public intellectual, best known for her 1900 novel Contending Forces: A Romance of Negro Life North and South. In this critical biography, Lois Brown documents for the first time Hopkins's early family life and her ancestral connections to eighteenth-century New England, the African slave trade, and twentieth-century race activism in the North.

Brown includes detailed descriptions of Hopkins's earliest known performances as a singer and actress; textual analysis of her major and minor literary works; information about her most influential mentors, colleagues, and professional affiliations; and details of her battles with Booker T. Washington, which ultimately led to her professional demise as a journalist.

Richly grounded in archival sources, Brown's work offers a definitive study that clarifies a number of inconsistencies in earlier writing about Hopkins. Brown re-creates the life of a remarkable woman in the context of her times, revealing Hopkins as the descendant of a family comprising many distinguished individuals, an active participant and supporter of the arts, a woman of stature among professional peers and clubwomen, and a gracious and outspoken crusader for African American rights.
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A rich and rewarding text and a skillful biography, which appeals to the reader interested in literary, regional, political, and family history; intertextuality; and interdisciplinary studies. This biography is an excellent example of the possibilities inherent in a revisionist view of history with race and gender at the center.--Journal of African American History

Well written and an easy read. . . . This magisterial biography is a first-rate contribution that will appeal to scholars in New England studies, cultural studies, women's history, and African American studies.--H-Net Reviews

Includes not only excellent readings of her novels . . . but also much new information about Hopkins' ancestry and her later years. . . . Provides a solid base for future study. . . . Highly recommended.--Choice

The brilliance of Brown's excavation of her career and the reverential consideration she provides for Hopkins make for happy reading and a long overdue appreciation for a true 'black daughter of the revolution.'" --African American Review

Brown uses extensive archival research, including genealogical materials, to trace significant events in Hopkins's life and experiences of her ancestors and to clarify inconsistencies in earlier studies. . . . The definitive Hopkins biography.--Journal of American History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469606569
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Series: Gender and American Culture
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Lois Brown is associate professor of English and director of the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts at Mount Holyoke College. She is editor of Memoir of James Jackson, The Obedient Scholar Who Died in Boston, October 31, 1833, Aged Six Years and Eleven Months by His Teacher, Miss Susan Paul.
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Table of Contents

1 Black Daughter, Black History 7

2 Patriarchal Facts and Fictions 33

3 The Creation of a Boston Family 46

4 Progressive Arts and the Public Sphere 70

5 Dramatic Freedom: The Slaves' Escape; or, The Underground Railroad 108

6 Spectacular Matters: "Boston's Favorite Colored Soprano" and Entertainment Culture in New England 139

7 Literary Advocacy: Women's Work, Race Activism, and Lynching 161

8 For Humanity: The Public Work of Contending Forces 190

9 Contending Forces as Ancestral Narrative 220

10 Cooperative Enterprises 253

11 (Wo)Manly Testimony: The Colored American Magazine and Public History 284

12 Love, Loss, and the Reconstitution of Paradise: Hagar's Daughter and the Work of Mystery 318

13 "Boyish Hopes" and the Politics of Brotherhood: Winona: A Tale of Negro Life in the South and Southwest 366

14 The Souls and Spirits of Black Folk: Pan-Africanism and Racial Recovery in Of One Blood and Other Writings 386

15 Witness to the Truth: The Public and Private Demise of the Colored American Magazine 407

16 The Colored American Magazine in New York City 442

17 New Alliances: Pauline Hopkins and the Voice of the Negro 459

18 Well Known as a Race Writer: Pauline Hopkins as Public Intellectual 489

19 The New Era Magazine and a "Singlewoman of Boston" 502

20 Cambridge Days 526

Appendix 1 Speeches 537

Appendix 2 Letters 542

Appendix 3 Review of Contending Forces 558

Notes 563

Bibliography 631

Index 665

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