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A Voice from the South
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Published in 1892, A Voice from the South is the only book published by one of the most prominent African American women scholars and educators of her era. Born a slave, Anna Julia Haywood Cooper would go on to become the fourth African American woman to earn a doctoral degree. Cooper became a prominent member of the black community in Washington, D.C., serving as principal at M Street High School, during which time she wrote A Voice from the South. In it, she engages a variety of issues, including women's rights, racial progress, segregation, and the education of black women. Cooper also discusses a number of authors and their representations of African Americans, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Albion Tourgee, George Washington Cable, William Dean Howells, and Maurice Thompson, reaching the conclusion that an accurate depiction had yet to be written.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Summary
  2. Andrew Leiter
  3. pp. 4-11
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  1. Contents
  2. p. 12
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  1. Our Raison d’Être.
  2. Tawawa Chimney Corner
  3. pp. 13-14
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  1. Part First.
  1. Soprano Obligato.
  2. George Eliot
  3. p. 15
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  1. Womanhood a Vital Element in the Regeneration and Progress of a Race
  2. pp. 16-34
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  1. The Higher Education of Woman
  2. pp. 35-50
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  1. “Woman vs. The Indian”
  2. pp. 51-72
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  1. The Status of Woman in America
  2. pp. 73-82
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  1. Part Second.
  1. Tutti Ad Libitum
  2. Robert Browning and Felix Holt
  3. p. 83
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  1. Has America a Race Problem; If So, How Can It Best Be Solved?
  2. pp. 84-95
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  1. The Negro As Presented in American Literature
  2. pp. 95-121
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  1. What Are We Worth?
  2. pp. 122-149
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  1. The Gain from a Belief
  2. pp. 150-158
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