A Voice from the South

A Voice from the South

by Anna Julia Cooper

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THE two sources from which, perhaps, modern civilization has derived its noble and ennobling ideal of woman are Christianity and the Feudal System.
In Oriental countries woman has been uniformly devoted to a life of ignorance, infamy, and complete stagnation. The Chinese shoe of to-day does not more entirely dwarf, cramp, and destroy her physical powers, than have the customs, laws, and social instincts, which from remotest ages have governed our Sister of the East, enervated and blighted her mental and moral life.
Mahomet makes no account of woman whatever in his polity. The Koran, which, unlike our Bible, was a product and not a growth, tried to address itself to the needs of Arabian civilization as Mahomet with his circumscribed powers saw them. The Arab was a nomad. Home to him meant his present camping place. That deity who, according to our western ideals, makes and sanctifies the home, was to him a transient bauble to be toyed with so long as it gave pleasure and then to be thrown aside for a new one. As a personality, an individual soul, capable of eternal growth and unlimited development, and destined to mould and shape the civilization of the future to an incalculable extent, Mahomet did not know woman. There was no hereafter, no paradise for her. The heaven of the Mussulman is peopled and made gladsome not by the departed wife, or sister, or mother, but by houri--a figment of Mahomet's brain, partaking of the ethereal qualities of angels, yet imbued with all the vices and inanity of Oriental women. The harem here, and--"dust to dust" hereafter, this was the hope, the inspiration, the summum bonum of the Eastern woman's life! With what result on the life of the nation, the "Unspeakable Turk," the "sick man" of modern Europe can to-day exemplify.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481292771
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/19/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 829,696
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Anna Julia Cooper (1858 – 1964), born into slavery, received a PhD in history from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1924 and was the fourth African American woman to earn a doctoral degree. A prominent member of Washington, D. C.'s African American community, she was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
Janet Neary is an Assistant Professor of 19th Century African American Literature at Hunter College.

Table of Contents

Part First
Soprano Obligato
Womanhood a Vital Element in the Regeneration and Progress of a Race
The Higher Education of Women
"Woman vs. the Indian"
The Status of Woman in America

Part Second
Tutti Ad Libitum
Has America a Race Problem; If so, How Can It Best Be Solved?
The Negro as Presented in American Literature
What are We Worth?
The Gain From a Belief

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