Jennie Carter: A Black Journalist of the Early West (Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies)

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In June 1867, the San Francisco Elevator-one of the nation\'s premier black weekly newspapers during Reconstruction-began publishing articles by a Californian calling herself \"Ann J. Trask\" and later \"Semper Fidelis.\" Her name was Jennie Carter (1830-1881), and the Elevator would print her essays, columns, and poems for seven years.

Carter probably spent her early life in New Orleans, New York, and Wisconsin, but by the time she wrote her \"Always Faithful\" columns for the newspaper, she was in Nevada County, California. Her work considers California and national politics, race and racism, women\'s rights and suffrage, temperance, morality, education, and a host of other issues, all from the point of view of an unabashedly strong-minded African American woman.

Recovering Carter\'s work from obscurity, this volume re-presents one of the most exciting bodies of extant work by an African American journalist before the twentieth century. Editor Eric Gardner provides an introduction that documents as much of Carter\'s life in California as can be known and places her work in historical and lite-rary context.

Eric Gardner is chair and professor of English at Saginaw Valley State University. He is the editor of Major Voices: The Drama of Slavery, and his work has appeared in African American Review, the African American National Biography, and Legacy.

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The first collection from an African American journalist writing for the San Francisco Elevator

---Offers a wide-ranging collection of columns and essays by an overlooked African American writer of the 19th century

---Features an introduction by a noted African American studies scholar

---Amounts to an annunciation: Jennie Carter's contribution to writing about the American West is very hard to find and was being forgotten

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Jennie Carter: A Black Journalist of the Early West recovers a rich but forgotten body of work by an African American author from an unexpected place: northern California during Reconstruction. While luminaries like Frances Ellen Watkins Harper were shaping a national Black literature and political voice in the East, Carter, under the penname "Semper Fidelis," was busily working toward similar goals in dozens of columns for Philip Bell's San Francisco Elevator. While Harper has achieved a prominent place in both scholarship and classrooms, Carter and Bell---and the Black West broadly---have sadly fallen off the literary and cultural map.

But I must confess that, as important as I think recovering Carter's work is to gaining a fuller sense of the mosaic of nineteenth-century Black life, I wanted to share her columns in part because they're simply good reading. Her contemporaries certainly thought so: A. M. E. Bishop T. M. D. Ward called them "spicy," Elevator readers worriedly wrote to Bell when Carter took a break from writing, and the Christian Recorder bragged about including two of her essays. Carter weaves together influences as diverse as Fanny Fern, Frederick Douglass, and William Still to create short sketches---alternately powerful and humorous, local and national, journalistic and literary---that offer rich counterpoints not only to Harper but also to figures as diverse as Mark Twain and Lydia Maria Child.

Always faithful to the goal of African American progress, Jennie Carter, simply put, has a voice that stays with me.

Eric Gardner

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