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A Voice From the South

A Voice From the South


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The first book by Anna J. Cooper, A Voice From the South, presents strong ideals supporting racial and gender equality as well as economic progress. It’s a forward-thinking narrative that highlights many disparities hindering the African American community.

Anna J. Cooper was an accomplished educator who used her influence to encourage and elevate African Americans. With A Voice From the South, she delivers a poignant analysis of the country’s affairs as they relate to Black people, specifically Black women. She stresses the importance of education, which she sees as a great equalizer. Cooper considers it a necessary investment in not only the individual but the community. She also criticizes the depictions of African Americans in literature by some of the day’s most popular authors. She calls for more realistic portrayals that are both honest yet positive.

Cooper provides an unflinching critique of mainstream America as it relates to the Black population. A Voice From the South broaches pivotal topics such as women’s rights, segregation and the need for higher education.

With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of A Voice From the South is both modern and readable.

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ISBN-13: 9781513278629
Publisher: West Margin Press
Publication date: 03/02/2021
Series: Mint Editions Series
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Anna J. Cooper (1858–1964), also known as Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, was an African American writer, scholar and activist. She was born into slavery and didn’t receive a formal education until age nine. Cooper initially attended Saint Augustine's Normal School and Collegiate Institute. While studying, she worked as tutor before eventually earning a position as an instructor. Cooper later attended Oberlin College and then University of Paris-Sorbonne, where she became the fourth Black woman to receive a doctoral degree. In the midst of her teaching career, she wrote several books including her most popular work, A Voice From the South.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Soprano Obligato

Womanhood a Vital Element in the Regeneration and Progress of a Race 1

The Higher Education of Woman 20

"Woman vs. The Indian" 36

The Status of Woman in America 59

Part 2 Tutti Ad Libitum

Has America a Race Problem; If so, How can it best be Solved? 71

The Negro as presented in American Literature 84

What Are We Worth? 111

The Gain from a Belief 139

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