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The book for which Broughton is best known, Twenty Year’s [sic] Experience of a Missionary, was an autobiography first published in 1907 and reprinted in 1988 as part of a scholarly edition of spiritual narratives by black women.Recently, in the archives of Fisk University, Broughton’s alma mater, Tomeiko Ashford Carter discovered an earlier autobiographical work, A Brief Sketch of the Life and Labors of Mrs. V. W. Broughton, Bible Band Missionary, for Middle and West Tennessee, which was distributed at the famous Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895. While both autobiographies portray Broughton as an important religious figure for whom missionary work became a saving grace, Life and Labors is more revealing of key facts about Broughton and her family, and it situates them more clearly among the nation’s black elite. This volume not only brings Life and Labors back into print but also collects various other pieces Broughton produced during her long career. Among those other writings is a 1904 booklet titled Woman’s Work: As Gleaned from the Women of the Bible, and the Bible Women of Modern Times, which recognizes the prominence of the female in Christian theology and shows how Broughton anticipated the work of present-day feminist and womanist theologians. Several “training course” articles that Broughton wrote for a National Baptist newspaper, covering such topics as the Christian deportment of women and the need for black spiritual literature, are also gathered here, as are a program she devised for systematic Bible study and a brief article, published just a few years before her death, in which she describes some of her missionary field work. Complementing these primary materials are an extensive critical introduction and notes by Carter, a Walker-Broughton family tree, and a chronology of Broughton’s life. As this collection makes clear, Virginia Broughton was strongly committed to making the work of black religious women an ongoing intellectual enterprise. In these pages, she emerges as both a dedicated missionary and a formidable religious scholar.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xvii-xxxviii
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  1. Virginia E. Walker Broughton: A Chronology of Her Life
  2. pp. xxxix-xl
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  1. Walker/ Broughton Family Tree
  2. pp. xli-xlii
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  1. Editorial Method
  2. p. xliii
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  1. 1. Autobiography: A Brief Sketch of the Life and Labors of Mrs. V. W. Broughton, Bible Band Missionary, for Middle and West Tennessee (1895)
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. 2. The Role of Women in Christian Work
  2. p. 9
  1. Woman's Work: As Gleaned from the Women of the Bible, and the Bible Women of Modern Times
  2. pp. 9-22
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  1. “Woman’s Work” from National Baptist Magazine (January 1894)
  2. pp. 22-27
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  1. 3. Columns and Articles from the National Baptist Union, 1902–1903
  2. p. 29
  1. Woman’s Convention Minutes, August 1902
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. Training Course Articles, 1902–19
  2. pp. 30-57
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  1. The “Woman’s Department” and Woman’s Convention Matters, 1902–1903
  2. pp. 58-71
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  1. 4. Bible Study: Systematic Bible Study by Periods: Twelve Bible Lessons
  2. pp. 73-89
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  1. 5. Echoes from the Field: Excerpts on Broughton’s Late Missionary Work
  2. pp. 91-93
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  1. Appendix: Letter from Beatrice Walker Watson to Mary E. Spence
  2. pp. 95-97
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 99-117
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 119-121
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781572337091
Related ISBN
9781572336964
MARC Record
OCLC
699513608
Pages
166
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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