Throwing Stones Across the Potomac: The Colored American Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Cultural Politics of National Reunion
- American Periodicals: A Journal of History & Criticism
- The Ohio State University Press
- Volume 29, Number 2, 2019
- pp. 135-162
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Periodical studies has largely ignored the Colored American Magazine's engagement with mainstream print culture. Studies of Atlantic-group periodicals give little attention to the Colored American, while scholarship on the Colored American privileges the struggle between Pauline Hopkins and the Tuskegee Machine as a context for interpreting the magazine's ideological engagements. This essay seeks to correct this state of the field, arguing that in her novel Hagar's Daughter and other contributions to the Colored American, Hopkins battled historical revisionism concerning slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction promoted by the Atlantic Monthly and its peers in the name of national reunion, as well as challenged the aesthetic regime of Howellsian realism in which reunionist ideology was encoded.