Editor of Anthology of African American Women’s Historical Writings on KAZI Book Review February 20
Laurie Maffly-Kipp, co-editor of Women’s Work: An Anthology of African-American Women’s Historical Writings from Antebellum America to the Harlem Renaissance, is a guest on KAZI Book Review, Sunday, Feb 20, 12:30 p.m. on KAZI 88.7FM. Listen live online at kazifm.org.
This book surveys the creative ways in which African-American women harnessed the power of print to share their historical revisions with a broader public. Their speeches, textbooks, poems, and polemics did more than just recount the past. They also protested their present status in the United States through their reclamation of that past. Bringing together work by more familiar writers in black America-such as Maria Stewart, Francis E. W. Harper, and Anna Julia Cooper-as well as lesser-known mothers and teachers who educated their families and their communities, this documentary collection gathers a variety of primary texts from the antebellum era to the Harlem Renaissance, some of which have never been anthologized. Together with a substantial introduction to black women’s historical writings, this volume presents a unique perspective on the past and imagined future of the race in the United States.