CONTENDING FORCES: A ROMANCE ILLUSTRATIVE OF NEGRO LIFE NORTH AND SOUTH BY PAULINE E. HOPKINS

CONTENDING FORCES
CONTENDING FORCES
Item# ISBN 978-0195067859
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The complicated plot of Contending Forces follows a mixed-race family from early 19th-century slavery in the West Indies and the southern United States to early 20th-century Massachusetts. The story centers on Will and his sister Dora as each works to improve the social and political situations faced by African-Americans. Their marriages to ideological opposites suggest Hopkins' hopes for reconciling the contrary philosophies of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. Other characters are used to depict the horrors of rape, lynching, racism, and sexism. Contending Forces is especially notable as one of the earliest novels by an African-American woman. Paperback 464 pages