A Voice from the South

A Voice from the South compiles a series of essays that touched on a variety of topics, such as race and racism, gender, the socioeconomic realities of Black families, and the administration of the Episcopal Church.

The book advanced a vision of self-determination through education and social uplift for African-American women. Its central thesis was that the educational, moral, and spiritual progress of Black women would improve the general standing of the entire African-American community. Published in 1892, the book is widely viewed as one of the first articulations of Black feminism.

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A cornerstone of black feminist and political theory, this collection of essays focuses on racial progress and women’s rights. A Voice from the South, written in 1892, is regarded as the first statement of black feminism. Despite their imprint of nineteenth-century social thought, these essays possess an urgent, modern tone, characterized by an emphasis on debate and a scintillating wit. Topics include the importance of women’s education as well as African Americans’ economic roles and their literary representation.

A noted member of Washington, D. C.’s African American community, Anna Julia Cooper (1858 – 1964) rose to prominence as a leading scholar, educator, and activist at the end of the nineteenth century. Born into slavery, she was the fourth African American woman to earn a doctoral degree, receiving a PhD in history from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1924. This edition includes an informative Introduction to Cooper’s life and work by Janet Neary.

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Dover Publications


Feminism, History, Non-fiction, Sociology


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