Crafting the "New Negro Woman": femininity and respectability in the writings of African American activists

Giovana Xavier

At the turn of the twentieth century, African American intellectuals took on the mission of constructing a new public image for their people. Over the course of trajectories that were exceptional in comparison with the majority of the black population, "race women" such as Anna Cooper and Fannie Williams left writings indicating the best route to prepare the "black masses" for freedom. Due to their economic standing, their intellectual training and their struggle against racism, these women personified the "New Negro Woman." My objective is to describe the image of this "New Negro Woman" as it was constructed in the post-emancipation United States.

Race Woman"; Female Talent"; New Negro Woman"; Education; Post-emancipation; United States of America

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