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Contending Forces A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South In a mere years after the Civil War had ended the practice of one human being owning another Pauline Hopkins black and female published Contending Forces whose rediscovery here shocks us

  • Title: Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South
  • Author: Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Richard Yarborough
  • ISBN: 9780195067859
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South By Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Richard Yarborough, In 1900, a mere 35 years after the Civil War had ended the practice of one human being owning another, Pauline Hopkins, black and female, published Contending Forces, whose rediscovery here shocks us into recognition that our national literature does indeed contain examples of black awareness and pride Like Harriet Beecher Stowe, Pauline Hopkins writes of the injustices sIn 1900, a mere 35 years after the Civil War had ended the practice of one human being owning another, Pauline Hopkins, black and female, published Contending Forces, whose rediscovery here shocks us into recognition that our national literature does indeed con tain examples of black awareness and pride Like Harriet Beecher Stowe, Pauline Hopkins writes of the injustices suffered by blacks at the hands of whites But her novel penetrates deeper than Uncle Tom s Cabin Nor is the white man the sole devil in Hopkins s fiction there are the contending forces Conservatism, lack of brotherly affiliation, lack of energy for the right and the power of the almighty dollar which deadens men s hearts to the sufferings of their brothers, and makes them feel that if only they can rise to the top of the ladder may God help the hindermost man, are the contending forces that are dooming this race to despair Very little is known about this re markable author She was born in 1859 in Portland, Maine, and died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1930 In the 1900 1904 period, she was a member of the staff of Colored American Magazine, the most important black magazine of the time Her novel was published in Boston by The Colored Co operative Publishing Co.

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    1. 3.5 starsAn intense novel about race relations, familial ties that transcend generations, and the ways in which capitalism and race interact to deaden our souls This epic romantic saga spans several years and many characters Amidst all of this, Pauline Hopkins shows how the contending forces that created slavery still exist and harm black people I appreciated Hopkins s emphasis on the past repeating itself With Trump s recent victory, we cannot pretend that racism, sexism, greed, etc have disapp [...]

    2. This is a great novel Hopkins explores race, class, and gender relations within the novel It is truly fascinating how Hopkins uses the language to tell a story about African American friendship and love The novel blurs the lines between African American women s friendships and love interests.

    3. I read this book for an American Literature Seminar class that focused on historical fiction, and I loved it The author does an excellent job at creating a fiction that addresses the stereotypes of African Americans, particularly African American women.

    4. There is something about the book that I enjoyed, I just can t put my finger on it The reminds me to find literature fiction and nonfiction about life for blacks after the civil war My class has a essay due for this book, I don t know what to write about.

    5. Pauline Hopkins CONTENDING FORCES A ROMANCE ILLUSTRATIVE OF NEGRO LIFE NORTH AND SOUTH is a grand narrative that delivers on its title Not only are there contending forces racially, sexually, socially, and geographically, but there is also a strong romantic style that contrasts sharply with the realism employed to demonstrate the brutality of slavery as well as the post Civil War lynchings and double standard for rape Hopkins major characters are almost all of mixed racial backgrounds the produc [...]

    6. This was yet another book read for class I was not expecting to enjoy this, but i found the story and plot to be absolutely fascinating and jaw dropping Seriously, the situations that go on in this book and the things that happen to the characters is just mind blowing This NEEDS to be adapted into a film or a tv show or a mini series or something The characters really stick with you and are enjoyable to read I m glad I was forced to read this

    7. This book was hard for me to digest at first However, after I got over the traumatic events of the first few chapters, I slowly gained an appreciation of the melodramatic style of Pauline Hopkins and 19th century literature She uses fiction and metaphor as a bold social and political commentary The book has to be taken in context of the time it was written in Knowledge of the key important black political figures that were Hopkins contemporaries is important, as they are represented in Hopkins f [...]

    8. Written in 1899, at the end of the heyday of the sentimental romance genre, this was I feel a subversive application of the style Likely written for a white audience, the African American authoress was determined to counter some of the pernicious rumors about blacks, especially black women To use today s terms, Hopkins was floating her own memes, including the idea that the mulatto, rather than being a tragic figure that could not survive in either the black or white world, was actually a stron [...]

    9. Hopkins novel is constructed like a Wilkie Collins story set in the United States and focused on a diverse cast of African American characters connected by an unknown history Hopkins weaves in a fair amount of overt social commentary, and in the first half of the novel especially that makes the pace a bit irregular But given the high stakes of the things she s commentating upon, it feels peevish of me to complain about it I was particularly struck by Hopkins use of epigraphs for each chapter she [...]

    10. This book was completely predictable From the moment that you learned the Smiths were decendents of that tragic family of the Monfronts you basically knew what was going to happen in the novel And there was just a lot of fluff added inbetween to make things complicated and a bit confusing When that man from the South came to the discussion about the lynching and the reaction from Sappho I could just guess she was that person I think it was the predictablity that made this book fairly boring Wh [...]

    11. Somewhat interesting as a part of African American political and literary history, but if it weren t on my PhD reading list I would never have finished it It s not bad, but its techniques come from a genre I have not come to really appreciate the sentimental novel and its attempts at being a political novel explicitly claimed in Hopkins preface to the book are seriously undercut by Hopkins adherence to the genre conventions of the sentimental novel.

    12. This was such a hellish read for me, it doesn t even deserve one star I just hated it, especially since i had to read it for class and had to focus on it and not just skim It was so dry and pointless.

    13. Brilliant sarcasm hidden underneath public pleasing style A little graphic at one or two points, describing brutality and lynching Overall, an insightful look, with a rather silly happy ending Just what most Americans want to read.

    14. Read late for my American lit class It was a fast read, but it was definitely dense at some points This is a book that acts as a messenger for important points regarding race, America, and upward mobility.

    15. I read this book for a lit class in college I really liked it at the time It has a unique style that is lyrical at times.

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