The Work of the Afro-American Woman

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byN. F. MossellIntroduction byJoanne Braxton

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The birth of the Afro-American literary tradition occurred in 1773, when Phillis Wheatly published a book of poetry. Despite the fact that her book garnered for her a remarkable amount of attention, Wheatly's journey to the printer had been a most arduous one.

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The birth of the Afro-American literary tradition occurred in 1773, when Phillis Wheatly published a book of poetry. Despite the fact that her book garnered for her a remarkable amount of attention, Wheatly's journey to the printer had been a most arduous one.

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The birth of the Afro-American literary tradition occurred in 1773, when Phillis Wheatly published a book of poetry. Despite the fact that her book garnered for her a remarkable amount of attention, Wheatly's journey to the printer had been a most arduous one.

Joanne Braxton is at College of William and Mary.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 6.81 × 4.8 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019505265X

ISBN - 13:9780195052657

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The birth of the Afro-American literary tradition occurred in 1773, when Phillis Wheatly published a book of poetry. Despite the fact that her book garnered for her a remarkable amount of attention, Wheatly's journey to the printer had been a most arduous one.

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"The Work of the Afro-American Woman recorded the black woman's moral, material, intellectual, and artistic progress within the dominant culture of Victorian America. It held exemplary models of black womanhood before the public view, argued for an end to caste and color discrimination, andchallenged the so-called 'cult of true womanhood' with race-centered analysis. For the contemporary reader, The Work represents a historical connection with the black foremothers who defended their names and images and documented their literary and cultural traditions at the turn of the century. Inthis work lie the wellsprings of black feminist literary expression and the same impulses to document, to share, to inspire and instruct that inform the writings of today's black women."--Joanne Braxton, in her Introduction