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

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Oxford University Press, 1988 - 402 pages
Published in 1900, this is Hopkins's best-known novel, and her only fiction to be published in book form in her lifetime. Like her magazine fiction, it employs the conventions of the sentimental novel with the goal of effecting social change. A uniquely detailed examination of black life, and a richly textured piece of fiction, it is one of the most important works produced by an Afro-American before the First World War.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER PAGE I A RETROSPECT OF THE PAST
17
THE DAYS BEFORE THE WAR
32
COMING EVENTS CAST THEIR SHADOWS BEFORE
43
THE TRAGEDY
65
MA SMITHS LODGINGHOUSE
80
MA SMITHS LODGINGHOUSE Concluded
97
FRIENDSHIP
114
THE SEWINGCIRCLE
141
THE AMERICAN COLORED LEAGUE
240
LUKE SAWYER SPEAKS TO THE LEAGUE
254
WILL SMITHS DEFENSE OF HIS RACE
263
JOHN LANGLEY CONSULTS MADAM FRANCES
274
THE CANTERBURY CLUB DINNER
287
WHAT EASTER SUNDAY BROUGHT
303
THE BITTER ARROW
323
MOTHERLOVE
340

LOVE TOOK UP THE HARP OF LIFE
166
THE FAIR
183
THE FAIR Concluded
197
A COLORED POLITICIAN
220
AFTER MANY DAYS
359
SO HE BRINGETH THEM INTO THEIR DESIRED HAVEN
385
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Richard Yarbrough is at University of California, Los Angeles.

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