The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers

The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers

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The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers by Hollis Robbins

A landmark collection documenting the social, political, and artistic lives of African American women throughout the tumultuous nineteenth century. Named one of NPR's Best Books of 2017.
 
The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers is the most comprehensive anthology of its kind: an extraordinary range of voices offering the expressions of African American women in print before, during, and after the Civil War. Edited by Hollis Robbins and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., this collection comprises work from forty-nine writers arranged into sections of memoir, poetry, and essays on feminism, education, and the legacy of African American women writers. Many of these pieces engage with social movements like abolition, women’s suffrage, temperance, and civil rights, but the thematic center is the intellect and personal ambition of African American women. The diverse selection includes well-known writers like Sojourner Truth, Hannah Crafts, and Harriet Jacobs, as well as lesser-known writers like Ella Sheppard, who offers a firsthand account of life in the world-famous Fisk Jubilee Singers. Taken together, these incredible works insist that the writing of African American women writers be read, remembered, and addressed.
 
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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ISBN-13: 9780143105992
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 785,864
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Hollis Robbins is director of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and chair of the humanities department at Peabody Conservatory.
 
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and founding director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

What Is an African American Classic? Henry Louis Gates, Jr xiii

Introduction Hollis Robbins Henry Louis Gates, Jr xxiii

Suggestions for Further Reading xxxv

The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers

Personal Accounts of Abolition and Freedom

1 Anonymous (no date) 3

"Address to the Female Literary Association of Philadelphia, on Their First Anniversary: By a Member" (1832) 3

2 Sojourner Truth (ca. 1797-1883) 6

"Speech Delivered to Women's Rights Convention in Akron Ohio" (1851) 7

Anti-Slavery Bugle Version (1851) 7

Frances D. Gage Version (1863) 8

Selections on Western Settlement from Narrative of Sojourner Truth (1875) 9

Petition to Congress 9

"Truths from Sojourner Truth" 9

From The N. Y. Tribune. Sojourner Truth at Work 10

3 Mary Prince (ca. 1788-after 1833) 12

Excerpt from The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave (1831) 13

4 Nancy Prince (1799-after 1856) 25

From A Narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince (1850) 26

5 Maria W. Stewart (ca. 1805-1879) 29

"An Address Delivered at the African Masonic Hall" (1833) 30

6 Sarah Mapps Douglass (Zillah) (1806-1882) 38

"A Mother's Love" (1832) 39

7 Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897) 41

"The Loophole of Retreat" from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) 41

8 Elizabeth Keckley (1818-1907) 46

"The Secret History of Mrs. Lincoln's "Wardrobe in New York," from Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House (1861) 47

9 Eliza Potter (1820-after 1861) 53

"New Orleans," from A Hairdresser's Experience in High Life (1859) 54

10 Harriet Wilson (1825-1900) 67

Selections from Our Nig (1859) 67

Preface 68

Chapter I: Mag Smith, My Mother 68

Chapter XII: The Winding Up of the Matter 73

11 Hannah Crafts/Bond (1826-after 1859) 76

Selections from The Bondwoman's Narrative (ca. 1858) 77

Chapter 1: In Childhood 77

Chapter 13: A Turn of the Wheel 79

12 Sarah Parker Remand (1826-1894) 86

"The Negroes in the United States of America" 1862) 87

13 Louisa Picquet (ca. 1829-1896) 91

"The Family Sold at Auction-Louisa Bought by a 'New Orleans Gentleman,' and What Came of it," from The Octoroon (1861) 92

Fugitives and Emigrants: Moving West and North

14 Mrs. John Little (no date) 101

"Mrs. John Little," from The Refugee: Narratives of Fugitive Slaves in Canada (1856) 101

15 Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893) 109

Selections from A Plea for Emigration, or, Notes of Canada West (1852) 110

Settlements,-Dawn,-Elgin,-Institution,-Fugitive Home 110

Political Rights-Election Law-Oath-Currency 114

16 Jennie Carter (Semper Fidelis) (ca. 1830-1881) 117

"Letter from Nevada County: Mud Hill, September 2, 1868"(1868) 118

"Letter from Nevada County: Mud Hill, September 12, 1868"(1868) 120

17 Abby Fisher (ca, 1832-after 1881) 122

Selections from What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, Etc. (1881) 123

Preface and Apology 123

Jumberlie-A Creole Dish 123

Oyster Gumbo Soup 124

Tonic Bitters-A Southern Remedy for Invalids 124

Sweet Cucumber Pickles 124

Pap for Infant Diet 125

Northern Women and the Post-War South

18 Charlotte Forten Grimké (1837-1914) 129

"Life on the Sea Islands" (1864) 130

"Charles Sumner, On Seeing Some Pictures of the Interior of His House" (1874) 164

"The Gathering of the Grand Army" (1890) 165

19 Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin (1842-1924) 168

"Address to the First National Conference of Colored Women" (1895) 169

"An Open Letter to the Educational League of Georgia" (1889) 172

20 Edmonia Goodelle Highgate (1844-1870) 176

"A Spring Day Up the James" (1865) 177

"Rainy-Day Ink Drops" (1865) 179

"Neglected Opportunities" (1866) 181

"On Horse Back-Saddle Dash, No. 1" (1866) 183

Memoirs: Looking Back

21 Julia A. J. Foote (1823-1900) 189

Selections from A Brand Plucked from the Fire (1879) 189

Chapter I: Birth and Parentage 190

Chapter IV: My Teacher Hung for Crime 192

Chapter XIX: Public Effort-Excommunication 194

Chapter XXII: A Visit to My Parents-Further Labors 196

22 Jarena Lee (1783-1855) 200

Selection from Religious Experience and Journal of Mrs. Jarena Lee, Giving an Account of Her Call to Preach the Gospel (1849) 201

My Call to Preach the Gospel 202

23 Zilpha Elaw (1790-after 1845) 207

Selection from Memoirs of the Life, Religious Experience, Ministerial Travels and Labours of Mrs. Zilpha Elaw, an American Female of Colour (1846) 208

24 Lucy Delaney (ca. 1830-after 1891) 218

Selections from From Darkness Cometh the Light (1891) 219

Chapter IV 219

Chapter V 223

25 Ella Sheppard (1851-1914) 227

"Historical Sketch of the Jubilee Singers" (1911) 228

Poetry, Drama, and Fiction

26 Sarah Forten Purvis (Magawisca) (1814-1884) 251

"The Slave Girl's Address to Her Mother" (1831) 252

"The Abuse of Liberty" (1831) 253

"Lines" (1838) 254

27 Ann Plato (ca. 1820-after 1841) 256

"Education" (1841) 257

"The Natives of America" (1841) 260

28 Julia Collins (unknown-1865) 263

Selections from The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bade (1865) 263

Chapter VI 264

Chapter VIII: The Flower Fadeth 267

Chapter X: Richard in New Orleans 272

Chapter XXVII: Mrs. Butterworth's Revelation 275

Chapter XXIX: Convalescent 278

29 Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911) 283

"Enlightened Motherhood: An Address Before the Brooklyn Literary Society, November 15, 1892" 284

Newfound Poems from Forest Leaves (ca. 1840) 293

"Haman and Mordecai" 293

"A Dream" 294

"The Felon's Dream" 296

Later Poems 297

"Eliza Harris" 297

"The Slave Auction" 299

"Lines" 300

"Bible Defense of Slavery" 301

"The Drunkard's Child" 303

"The Revel" 304

"Ethiopia" 305

"To Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe" 306

"The Fugitive's Wife" 307

"An Appeal to My Countrywomen" 308

30 Pauline Hopkins (1859-1930) 311

Selections from Peculiar Sam, or, the Underground Railroad, a Musical Drama in Four Acts (1879) 311

Act III 312

Act IV 313

"Talma Gordon" (1900) 318

31 Katherine Davis Chapman Tillman (Kate D. Chapman) (1870-after 1922) 323

"A Question of To-day" (1889) 324

"Lines to Ida B. Wells" (1894) 326

"A Tribute to Negro Regiments" (1898) 327

32 Amelia E. Johnson (ca. 1858-1922) 329

Selections from Clarence and Corinne, or God's Way (1890) 330

Chapter I: Discouraged 330

Chapter IV: Provided For 335

33 Mary E. Ashe Lee (1850-1932) 341

"Afmerica" (1885) 341

34 H. Cordelia Ray (1849-1916) 349

"Lincoln'" (1876) 350

"To My Father" (1893) 352

"Shakespeare"(1893) 353

"In Memoriam (Frederick Douglass)" (1897) 353

"William Lloyd Garrison" (1905) 356

35 Sarah E. Farro (1859-after 1937) 357

Chapter I from True Love: A Story of English Domestic Life (1891) 358

36 Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935) 369

"The Woman" (1895) 370

"Amid the Roses" (1895) 373

"I Sit and Sew" (1918) 374

"Sonnet" (1919) 375

"To the Negro Farmers of the United States" (1920) 375

"To Madame Curie" (1921) 376

Women Addressing Women: Addresses and Essays

37 Sarah J. Early (1825-1907) 379

"The Organized Efforts of the Colored Women of the South to Improve Their Condition" (1894) 380

38 Lucy Craft Laney (1854-1933) 386

"The Burden of the Educated Colored Woman" (1899) 386

39 Fannie Barrier Williams (1855-1944) 393

"The Intellectual Progress of the Colored Woman of the United States since the Emancipation Proclamation" (1893) 394

40 Virginia W. Broughton (1856-1934) 406

"Woman's Work" (1894) 407

41 Anna Julia Cooper (1860-1964) 414

"Womanhood a Vital Element in the Regeneration and Progress of a Race" (1886) 415

"Paper by Mrs. Anna J. Cooper" (1894) 433

42 Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) 436

"The Progress of Colored Women" (1898) 437

"The Convict Lease System and the Chain Gangs" (1907) 441

43 Mary V. Cook (1863-1945) 463

"Women's Place in the Work of the Denomination" (1887) 464

Education and Social Reform

44 Julia Caldwell-Frazier (1863-1929) 483

"The Decisions of Time" (1889) 484

45 Fanny M. Jackson Coppin (1837-1913) 490

"Commencement Address" (1876) 491

A Race's Progress 491

"Christmas Eve Story" (1880) 494

"A Plea for the Mission School" (1891) 497

"A Plea for Industrial Opportunity" (1879) 500

46 Victoria Earle Matthews (1861-1907) 504

"The Value of Race Literature" (1895) 505

47 Gertrude Bustill Mossell (1855-1948) 526

"Baby Bertha's Temperance Lesson" (1885) 527

"Will the Negro Share the Glory That Awaits Africa?" (1893) 529

48 Amelia L. Tilghman (1856-1931) 531

"Dedicated to Her Gracious Majesty, Queen Victoria, of England" (1892) 531

49 Josephine J. Turpin Washington (1861-1949) 533

"A Great Danger" (1884) 533

Annie Porter Excoriated 534

"The Province of Poetry" (1889) 538

"Needs of Our Newspapers: Some Reasons for Their Existence"(1889) 552

"Anglo Saxon Supremacy" (1890) 557

50 Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) 563

"Our Women" (1887) 564

"The Requirements of Southern Journalism" (1893) 565

"Lynch Law and the Color Line" (1893) 572

"Our Country's Lynching Record" (1913) 576

"The Ordeal of the 'Solitary': Mrs. Barnett Protests Against It" (1915) 580

Women Memorializing Women

51 S. Elizabeth Frazier (1864-1924) 585

"Some Afro-American Women of Mark" (1892) 586

52 Lucy Wilmot Smith (1861-1890) 605

"Women as Journalists: Portraits and Sketches of a Few of the Women Journalists of the Race" (1889) 605

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