Love, Activism, and the Respectable Life of Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Love, Activism, and the Respectable Life of Alice Dunbar-Nelson
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"A fascinating biography of a fascinating woman." - Booklist, starred review
"This definitive look at a remarkable figure delivers the goods." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
A brilliant analysis. - Jericho Brown, Pulitzer Prize winner

Born in New Orleans in 1875 to a mother who was formerly enslaved and a father of questionable identity, Alice Dunbar-Nelson was a pioneering activist, writer, suffragist, and educator. Until now, Dunbar-Nelson has largely been viewed only in relation to her abusive ex-husband, the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. This is the first book-length look at this major figure in Black women's history, covering her life from the post-reconstruction era through the Harlem Renaissance.

Tara T. Green builds on Black feminist, sexuality, historical and cultural studies to create a literary biography that examines Dunbar-Nelson's life and legacy as a respectable activist - a woman who navigated complex challenges associated with resisting racism and sexism, and who defined her sexual identity and sexual agency within the confines of respectability politics. It's a book about the past, but it's also a book about the present that nods to the future.

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9781501382307
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Paperback
Publication Date: 
January 13, 2022