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Jennie Carter

Jennie Carter: A Black Journalist of the Early West

Edited by Eric Gardner
Copyright Date: 2007
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    Jennie Carter
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    In June 1867, theSan 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 theElevatorwould 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 ofMajor Voices: The Drama of Slavery, and his work has appeared inAfrican American Review, theAfrican American National Biography, andLegacy.

    eISBN: 978-1-60473-313-6
    Subjects: Sociology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. I-IV)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. V-VI)
  3. Always Faithful An Introduction to the Work and Life of Jennie Carter
    (pp. VII-XXXIV)

    In June 1867, a woman calling herself “Ann J. Trask” and claiming to live on “Mud Hill” in Nevada County, California, wrote to Philip A. Bell, one of the foremost African American journalists in the nation. At the time, Bell was editing theElevator, a weekly San Francisco black newspaper he had founded two years earlier, and “Mrs. Trask” told him that she had “been a reader of your excellent paper for some time” and was grateful “for your efforts on behalf of our people.” She noted, though, that, now that “our children and grandchildren are readers, and to encourage...

  4. Contributions to the Elevator
    (pp. 1-132)

    Mr. Editor:—I have been a reader of your excellent paper for some time, and thank you for your efforts on behalf of our people. Now our children and grandchildren are readers, and to encourage reading, [you should] have in each number a short story for them. If you like the idea, and think my scribbling any account, I will write for you.

    —Ann J. Trask

    You were young once like myself and will bear me witness that the sorrows and trials of childhood were as hard to bear as those of riper years. In my fifth year, I resided...

  5. Appendix A Contributions to the Christian Recorder
    (pp. 133-136)
  6. Appendix B Issues of the Elevator Consulted
    (pp. 137-138)
  7. Works Cited
    (pp. 139-144)
  8. Index
    (pp. 145-153)