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Writing African American Women:
An Encyclopedia of Literature by and about Women of Color
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For this project, edited by professor Elizabeth Beaulieu of Appalachian State University, I wrote several entries on African American writers and reformers of the late 19th and early 20th century.  Octavia B. Rogers Albert was born a slave and later published her interviews with former slaves.  Katherine Davis Chapman Tillman was the wife of a minister and a race reformer who wrote several short stories, novellas, and a play celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Mary Church Terrell was the first president of the National Association of Colored Women and fought against against lynching and segregation, for for women's rights and suffrage, and was active in the international peace movement.   
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Review
The work of over 100 academic contributors, this A-to-Z encyclopedia, in the words of editor Beaulieu, is the first to focus specifically on feminist and womanist approaches to African American literature. The approximately 400 entries cover writers (e.g., Octavia Butler, Angela Jackson, Pauli Murray), written works (e.g., Beloved, Kindred, Mama Day), and themes addressed in writings of interest to an understanding of African American women and their depiction in literature (e.g., beauty, film, slavery)....A time line, bibliography, and comprehensive index, as well as contributor bios, all help make this encyclopedia accessible to students at high school level and above. Generous cross-referencing further enhances its usefulness as a research tool. Recommended for all public and university libraries
-Library Journal June 15, 2006
 
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