"Doers of the Word": African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North (1830-1880)


Adapting a verse from the Epistle of James--"doers of the word"--nineteenth century black women activists Sojourner Truth, Jarena Lee, and Charlotte Forten, among others, travelled throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest. There they preached, lectured, and wrote about religious evangelicism, abolition, moral reform, temperance, and women's rights. Doers of the Word is built on two premises: first that "Civil Rights movements" are not a modern phenomenon, and second that a balanced perspective of black/white ...

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