By Lurie, Ira Dworkin

Pauline E. Hopkins (1859–1930) got here to prominence within the early years of the 20 th century as an outspoken author, editor, and critic. usually famous for her first novel, Contending Forces, she emerged as essentially the most prolific African American ladies writers of fiction ahead of 1930 and is presently essentially the most largely learn and studied African American novelists from that interval. whereas the majority of Hopkins’s fiction continues to be in print, there's little or no of her nonfiction on hand. This reader brings jointly dozens of her hard-to-find essays. additionally integrated are longer nonfiction works corresponding to well-known males of the Negro Race, recognized ladies of the Negro Race, The darkish Races of the 20 th Century, and A Primer of proof touching on the Early Greatness of the African Race and the potential of recovery by means of Its Descendents, a few of that are released the following for the 1st time of their entirety. via those works, besides juvenile essays from the 1870s, a private letter, and speeches, readers stumble upon a voice that's devoted to developing a world discourse on race, convalescing the militant abolitionist culture to wrestle Jim Crow, celebrating black political participation in the course of and after the Reconstruction period, articulating the connections among race and hard work, and insisting on equivalent rights for ladies. Hopkins’s writing will problem modern students to reconsider their realizing of black activism and modernity within the early 20th century.

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Readers are encouraged to refer to Hopkins’s sources, many of which are available in the microfilm set associated with Randall K. Burkett and Nancy Hall Burkett’s Black Biography, 1790–1950: A Cumulative Index, which has been an indispensable resource for me. In addition, some of her sources are available online through resources like Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Making of America (University of Michigan), and Project Gutenberg (Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation).

18. “Editorial and Publishers’ Announcements” (CAM, May 1900), 64. 19. Doreski, “Inherited Rhetoric,” 75. 20. “Editorial and Publishers’ Announcements” (CAM, May 1900), 61–62. 21. , 61. 22. McHenry, Forgotten Readers, 166. 23. A Colored American Magazine advertisement appeared in the August 8, 1903, issue of the Boston Guardian. 24. Fox, The Guardian of Boston, 5, 14. 25. “Col. William H. Dupree,” 229. 26. The advertisement appeared in the March 1904 issue of the Colored American Magazine. 27. For circulation statistics of the Music Trades, see American Newspaper Directory (1902), 672; American Newspaper Directory (1904), 695.

Doreski, “Inherited Rhetoric,” 75. 20. “Editorial and Publishers’ Announcements” (CAM, May 1900), 61–62. 21. , 61. 22. McHenry, Forgotten Readers, 166. 23. A Colored American Magazine advertisement appeared in the August 8, 1903, issue of the Boston Guardian. 24. Fox, The Guardian of Boston, 5, 14. 25. “Col. William H. Dupree,” 229. 26. The advertisement appeared in the March 1904 issue of the Colored American Magazine. 27. For circulation statistics of the Music Trades, see American Newspaper Directory (1902), 672; American Newspaper Directory (1904), 695.

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