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The new woman of color : the collected writings of Fannie Barrier Williams, 1893-1918 /
edited with an introduction by Mary Jo Deegan.
DeKalb, Ill. : Northern Illinois University Press, c2002.
lx, 162 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0875802931 (alk. paper)
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DeKalb, Ill. : Northern Illinois University Press, c2002.
0875802931 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [147]-156) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Mary Jo Deegan is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-03-01:
Deegan (sociology and women's studies, Univ. of Nebraska) introduces a Chicago upper-middle-class feminist pragmatist African American woman reformer who was a teacher, journalist, sociologist, and the only black woman to be admitted to the Chicago Women's Club. Deegan seeks to place Williams as a predecessor to Martin Luther King by focusing on her vision of interracial reconciliation and multiracial coalition for equality and justice for the black community. Although Williams's essays fall short of being analytical or inspiring, some of them are daring for an early-20th-century African American woman reformer. Williams, who befriended the Hull house (Addams, McDowell, and Parker Woolley), supported the views of both Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois. In her writings, she advocated for the inclusion of the educated African American woman (Dubois's top ten percent), supported turning domestic service into a respectable profession for young African American women (Washington's industrial education), and promoted the Frederick Douglass Center as the "black Hull House." Deegan's extensive introduction and Williams's autobiography add to the understanding of a relatively unknown reformer. This book will serve scholars and students of the Progressive Era and women's and African American history. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. N. Zmora Hamline University
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"A unique and important contribution to African American and women's history.... Highly recommended."-Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Harvard University "Deegan has provided a valuable service in collecting Williams's essays on race, gender, and civic engagement in Progressive America."- Journal of Illinois History
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Fannie Barrier Williams made history as a controversial African American reformer in an era fraught with racial discrimination and injustice. She first came to prominence during the 1893 Columbian Exposition, where her powerful arguments for African American women's rights launched her career as a nationally renowned writer and orator. In her speeches, essays, and articles, Williams incorporated the ideas of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois to create an interracial worldview dedicated to social equality and cultural harmony. Williams's writings illuminate the difficulties of African American women in the Progressive Era. She frankly denounced white men's sexual and economic victimization of black women and condemned the complicity of religious and political leaders in the immorality of segregation. Citing the discrimination that crushed the spirits of African American women, Williams called for educational and professional progress for African Americans through the transformation of white society. Committed to aiding and educating Chicago's urban poor, Williams played a central and continuous role in the development of the Frederick Douglass Center, which she called "the black Hull House." An active member of the NAACP and the National Urban League, she fought a long and successful battle to become the first African American admitted to the influential Chicago Women's Club. Her efforts to promote the well-being of African American women brought her into close contact with such influential women as Celia Parker Woolley, Jane Addams, Susan B. Anthony, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Accompanied by Deegan's introduction and detailed annotations, Williams's perceptive writings on race relations, women's rights, economic justice, and the role of African American women are as fresh and fascinating today as when they were written.
Table of Contents
Editor's Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
"Fannie Barrier Williams and Her Life as a New Woman of Color in Chicago, 1893-1918"p. xiii
A Northern Negro's Autobiographyp. 5
African American Women
The Intellectual Progress of the Colored Women of the United States since the Emancipation Proclamationp. 17
Club Movement among Negro Womenp. 28
The Club Movement among the Colored Womenp. 47
The Problem of Employment for Negro Womenp. 52
The Woman's Part in a Man's Businessp. 58
The Colored Girlp. 63
Colored Women of Chicagop. 67
African Americans
Religious Duty to the Negrop. 73
Industrial Education--Will It Solve the Negro Problem?p. 78
Do We Need Another Name?p. 84
The Negro and Public Opinionp. 87
The Smaller Economiesp. 90
An Extension of the Conference Spiritp. 92
Vacation Valuesp. 96
Refining Influence of Artp. 100
Social Settlements
The Need of Social Settlement Work for the City Negrop. 107
The Frederick Douglass Centre: A Question of Social Betterment and Not of Social Equalityp. 113
Social Bonds in the "Black Belt" of Chicago: Negro Organizations and the New Spirit Pervading Themp. 117
The Frederick Douglass Center[: The Institutional Foundation]p. 125
A New Method of Dealing with the Race Problemp. 128
[In Memory of Philip D. Armour]p. 135
[Eulogy of Susan B. Anthony]p. 137
Report of Memorial Service for Rev. Celia Parker Woolleyp. 138
Notesp. 141
Referencesp. 147
Indexp. 157
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