9780195067859

Contending Forces : A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South

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  • ISBN13:

    9780195067859

  • ISBN10:

    0195067851

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1991-05-09
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

In Contending Forces (1900), her best-known novel and her only work of fiction published in book form during her lifetime, Pauline Hopkins uses the conventions of the sentimental romance as she seeks to encourage social change. In its pages we encounter noble heroes and virtuous heroines,exotic settings, unsavory villains, melodramatic scenes, and a star-crossed love affair. Both an extraordinarily detailed examination of black life in nineteenth-century America and a richly textured and engrossing piece of fiction, Contending Forces remains one of the most important works producedby an African-American before World War I.

Table of Contents

I. A RETROSPECT OF THE PAST
17(15)
II. THE DAYS "BEFORE THE WAR"
32(11)
III. "COMING EVENTS CAST THEIR SHADOWS BEFORE"
43(22)
IV. THE TRAGEDY
65(15)
V. MA SMITH'S LODGING-HOUSE
80(17)
VI. MA SMITH'S LODGING-HOUSE -- Concluded
97(17)
VII. FRIENDSHIP
114(27)
VIII. THE SEWING-CIRCLE
141(25)
IX. "LOVE TOOK UP THE HARP OF LIFE"
166(17)
X. THE FAIR
183(14)
XI. THE FAIR -- Concluded
197(23)
XII. A COLORED POLITICIAN
220(20)
XIII. THE AMERICAN COLORED LEAGUE
240(14)
XIV. LUKE SAWYER SPEAKS TO THE LEAGUE
254(9)
XV. WILL SMITH'S DEFENSE OF HIS RACE
263(11)
XVI. JOHN LANGLEY CONSULTS MADAM FRANCES
274(13)
XVII. THE CANTERBURY CLUB DINNER
287(16)
XVIII. WHAT EASTER SUNDAY BROUGHT
303(20)
XIX. THE BITTER ARROW
323(17)
XX. MOTHER-LOVE
340(19)
XXI. AFTER MANY DAYS
359(26)
XXII. "SO HE BRINGETH THEM INTO THEIR DESIRED HAVEN"
385

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