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Recently Anna Julia Cooper has emerged as the most important classic writer in the tradition of African American feminist thought. Mary Helen Washington described Cooper's work as "the most precise, forceful, well-argued statement of black feminist thought to come out of the nineteenth century." This is the first collection of all of Cooper's major writings, including many never before published. It includes all of the essays from her famous book, A Voice from the South, in addition to many other essays and letters accessible only in archives until now. The organization of this important new collection lends itself to a clearer understanding of the major themes and contributions of Cooper's thought, her development as a thinker and writer, and the critiques and controversies surrounding her work. Lemert and Bhan introduce Cooper as an activist, settlement founder, school teacher, college president, linguist, and scholar—a life that paralleled the prodigious accomplishments of W.E.B. Du Bois in so many ways.
About the Author
Charles Lemert, professor of sociology at Wesleyan University, is the author of many books, including most recently Social Things: An Introduction to the Sociological Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997). He lives in Middletown, Connecticut. Esme Bhan has been director of the African-American Indexing Project at the Smithsonian Institution and is former principal curator at the Moorland-Springarn Research Center at Howard University. She lives in Washington, D.C.