The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers

The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers

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 black women writers. Many of these pieces engage with social movements like abolition, women's suffrage, temperance and civil rights, but the thematic centre is black women's intellect and personal ambition. 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 a world-famous singing group. Taken together, these incredible works insist that the writing of black women writers be read, remembered and addressed.

Title:The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780143105992
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  • Katie/Doing Dewey

    Summary: I loved far more of these pieces than in most collections, I loved learning from them, and I found some of them disturbingly timely.I don't read many older books and the ones I'm aware of are...

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  • Alicea

    If you're looking for a book that you can dip in and out of over the course of several days (or weeks if you're me) then I recommend you check out The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Wome...

  • Megan

    African American women writers of the 19th century were running schools, publishing newspapers and authoring editorials, writing poetry and plays, penning all manners of memoirs and stories and novels...

  • Rhea

    Note: I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway.I was very surprised and really pleased by the accessibility of this book. It's fairly thick, true, but the text size is manageable, and the excerpts have a st...

  • Breana

    Moving on, my second read was this collection edited by Hollis Robins and Henry Louise Gates Jr.. The basics: This book includes everything from poetry to fiction, essays, speeches, and personal accou...

  • Sandie

    In this extensive anthology edited by Hollis Robbins and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Penguin Classics has collected some of the most extensive writings of African American women writers around the time of...

  • Elle

    A must read!!! To read the words of 19th century Black women and think about our current social and political context was certainly a good way to cope with the daily news. The collection includes poet...

  • Madalene

    This is actually a pretty well curated collection. While there are sections specifically laying out speeches, memoirs, fiction, and other topic areas; a stand out is the essays on incarceration inequa...

  • Therese Wiese

    Wow - pretty fascinating and sad to see that so many of the issues covered in this book are still on point today. Some of the authors I was familiar with, most I was not. Took me a little longer to re...