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Rediscovering The Chicago Woman Proclaimed As "The First Negro Novelist"

By Gretchen Gerzina/The Conversation

Two years ago, I was in the United Kingdom working on a follow-up project for my books Black London and Black Victorians/Black Victoriana. While looking through old British newspapers, I was astonished to read an 1893 announcement in the Daily Telegraph proclaiming Sarah E. Farro to be "the first negro novelist" with the publication of her novel True Love.

I wondered: who was this woman? And why didn't we know about this reportedly groundbreaking novel?

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Posted on May 26, 2016

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
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Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

Rediscovering The Chicago Woman Proclaimed As "The First Negro Novelist"

By Gretchen Gerzina/The Conversation
The reason for True Love's disappearance might be simple: it takes place in England, a place Farro probably never visited, and all of its characters are white.

Posted on May 26, 2016

$2 A Day In Chicago

Bill Clinton Didn't Reform Welfare, He Killed It
Welcome to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act.

Posted on May 24, 2016

(Relatively) New Rhetoric And Composition Books Are Here!

By SIU Press
Women, girls and bicycles.

Posted on May 18, 2016

Local Book Notes: The ABA & China, The American Intellect & Pilsen Big In Japan

Plus: Rebranding Anthropology & Chicago Zinefest
And: A Chicago novel and a Chicago poem.

Posted on May 12, 2016

#BEA16: Book Con In Chicago

Featuring Kenny Loggins And John Cusack
Footloose and hoarding books.

Posted on May 16, 2016

Are We Ready To Raise Taxes On The Rich? History Says No

By Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage/The Conversation
Why? Drones.

Posted on May 10, 2016

The Grammar Police Belong In The 18th Century; Let's Not Inflict Their Rules On Today's Children

By Jane Hodson/The Conversation
Many rules cited by grammarians were simply made up to sell books in three centuries ago.

Posted on May 9, 2016

Why The Stakes Are So High For The Black Panther

By Rebecca Wanzo/The Conversation
Unfortunately, when it comes to underrepresented populations, the success or failure of these texts always ends up being about more than the specific text in itself; it becomes a referendum on whether stories about people who are not straight white men are valuable, and whether people who tell such stories should be given the resources to do so.

Posted on May 5, 2016

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