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. often well-known for her first novel, Contending Forces, she is at the moment some of the most broadly learn and studied African American novelists from that period.
While the vast majority of Hopkins’s fiction continues to be in print, there's little or no of her nonfiction to be had. This reader brings jointly dozens of her hard-to-find essays, together with longer nonfiction works reminiscent of Famous males of the Negro Race and The darkish Races of the 20th Century, a few of that are released right here for the 1st time of their entirety.
Through those works, in addition to juvenile essays from the 1870s, a private letter, and speeches, readers come upon a voice that's devoted to developing a world discourse on race, improving the militant abolitionist culture to strive against 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 women. Hopkins’s writing will problem modern students to reconsider their knowing of black activism and modernity within the early 20th century.
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