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Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850–1954An Intellectual History$
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Stephanie Y. Evans

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032689

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032689.001.0001

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“Reminiscences of School Life”

“Reminiscences of School Life”

Six College Memoirs

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Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850–1954

Stephanie Y. Evans

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses several African American women's reflections and memoirs on their college experiences from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s wherein the then prevailing macrostory of institutions, geographic patterns, administrative dynamics, and national contexts are mirrored and reflected. In this chapter, the profiles of Fanny Jackson Coppin, Mary Church Terrell, Zora Neale Hurston, Lena Beatrice Morton, Rose Butler Browne, and Pauli Murray are studied to illustrate a clear image of the college and academic life of African American women in their battle against inferiority harbored by racism and sexism.

Keywords:   African American women, memoirs, college experiences, academic life, racism, sexism, inferiority, Fanny Jackson Coppin

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