"Our problem is not racial, but human and economic. . . . We
hold the Negro racially responsible for conditions common to all
races on his economic plane." The writings of reformer Lily Hardy
Hammond (1859-1925) are filled with such forthright criticisms of
southern white attitudes toward African Americans--enough so that
her stature as a southern progressive thinker would seem assured.
Yet Hammond, who once stood at the intellectual center of the
southern women's social gospel movement and was in her
time the South's most prolific female writer on the "race
question," has been marginalized.
This volume reprints In Black and White, the most
important of Hammond's ten books, along with a sampling of
the dozens of articles she published. Elna C. Green's
biographical introduction tells of Hammond's marriage to a
prominent Methodist minister and educator. It also traces
Hammond's career within the context of prevailing gender
and racial attitudes in the Jim Crow South. Hammond, who had roots
in Methodist home mission work, was also active in such secular and
ecumenical organizations as the Southern Sociological Congress, the
Commission on Interracial Cooperation, and the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People. Hammond worked alongside
blacks to promote education, improve living conditions, and stop
lynching. As a suffragist and temperance advocate, she urged the
leaders of those largely white women's movements to
partner with African Americans.
Historians of religion, social science, and race relations will
welcome the reintroduction of this remarkable but virtually
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