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Anna Julia Cooper
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A Voice from the South

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At the close of the 19th century, a black woman of the South presents womanhood as a vital element in the regeneration and progress of her race.
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Published April 14th 1988 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1892)
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Iso Cambia
Jan 12, 2013 Iso Cambia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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My "people" are just like other people--indeed, too like for their own good. They hate, they love, they attract and repel, they climb or they grovel, struggle or drift, aspire or despair, endure in hope or curse in vexation, exactly like all the rest of unregenerate humanity. Their likes and dislikes are as strong; their antipathies--and prejudices too I fear, are as pronounced as you will find anywhere; and the entrance to the
Oct 24, 2016 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, I'm feeling a little fiesty, which is right now. Arguably the text to which W.E.B. DuBois responded in his Souls of Black Folk (note Cooper's text predates his, and it's not as if these scholar activists weren't in communication with each other in a myriad of ways), Cooper presents a clear argument about the whys and hows social categories matter in terms of effective activisms. Talk of racial upliftment during the late 1800s in order to demonstrate the purpose of self-actualization a ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Arielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There are so many gems in this book. While life has changed a lot in the hundred plus years since this was published, so much is still very applicable today. Many of the same issues of White feminism and inclusivity of all women are still playing out.
Aug 14, 2014 Lizzie marked it as to-read-off-my-shelf  ·  review of another edition
Still combing through the 500 Great Books By Women book list, which got set up as a Goodreads group, and tracking the demographics via spreadsheet (and so can yoouuu).
Jul 25, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great insight by a key leader who is now mostly forgotten. Her text brings to the forefront the "double burden" faced by African American women post-reconstruction.
"There is or used to be in England a system of entail by which a lot of land was fixed to a family and its posterity forever, passing always on the death of the father to his eldest son. A man may misuse or abuse, he may impoverish, mortgage, sterilize, eliminate every element of value-- but he can never sell. He may cut down every tree, burn every fence and house, abstract by careless tillage, or by no tillage, every nutritive element from the soil, encumber it to two or three times its value a ...more
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Jul 07, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing just 20 years after emancipation, Anna Julia Cooper presents the question that bell hooks and many others pick up 100 years later - what does it mean to be a feminist & be black.
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Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (Raleigh, August 10, 1858 – February 27, 1964) was an American author, educator, speaker and one of the most prominent African-American scholars in United States history. Upon receiving her PhD in history from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1924, Cooper became the fourth African-American woman to earn a doctoral degree. She was also a prominent member of Washington, ...more
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“Let woman's claim be as broad in the concrete as the abstract. We take our stand on the solidarity of humanity, the oneness of life, and the unnaturalness and injustice of all special favoritism, whether of sex, race, country, or condition. If one link of the chain is broken, the chain is broken. A bridge is no stronger than its weakest part, and a cause is not worthier than its weakest element. Least of all can woman's cause afford to decry the weak. We want, then, as toilers for the universal triumph of justice and human rights, to go to our homes from this Congress demanding an entrance not through a gateway for ourselves, our race, our sex, or our sect, but a grand highway for humanity.” 5 likes
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