This is without a doubt the most comprehensive anthology of its kind in print today. Hollis Robbins and Henry Louis Gates Jr. have edited this collection from African American women writers. What a force.
This collection by forty-nine women shows how ambitious and diverse they all were. It tackles issues of abolition, women’s suffrage, temperance, and civil rights.
The book is divided into areas of memoir, poetry and essays on feminism and education. It’s more than a little informative and enlightening.
These strong women of color tell “their” stories as only they can. Some names you will recognize. Some you won’t. But you will never forget their writing. From Sojourner Truth to Hannah Crafts to Harriet Jacobs, these women deserve to be heard.
If you want to learn more about the African American women’s experience before, during, and after the Civil War, this is your book. A great book to have at hand.
My review copy arrived from Penguin Classics. I decided to present a spotlight. Thanks!