Hostname: page-component-848d4c4894-x24gv Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2024-05-25T14:46:00.347Z Has data issue: false hasContentIssue false

Two Texts on Children and Christian Education

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 October 2020

Extract

The known biography of the early african american writer and lecturer Maria W. Stewart (1803–79) is as brief as it is fascinating. After the childhood loss of her parents, she married James W. Stewart, a Boston shipping agent, in 1826. The Stewarts had close ties with the black radical David Walker, whose fiery 1829 Appeal kindled fears of slave rebellion and was in its third edition when Walker died under suspicious circumstances in August 1830. After James Stewart's own untimely death, in December 1829, his executors swindled Maria Stewart out of her inheritance, and she turned to the church and to writing and lecturing. Revising Walker's combination of jeremiad and Enlightenment-influenced political argument to reflect her own sense of faith, racism and racial uplift, and gender politics, Stewart became one of the first American women to address “promiscuous” audiences. She published a series of probing meditations as well as a set of her lectures—texts still startling for their power and bluntness—in pamphlets and, later, as Productions of Mrs, Maria Stewart (1835).

Type
Little-Known Documents
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 by The Modern Language Association of America

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

References

Works Cited

Nina, Baym. “The Case for Hannah Vincent.” In Search of Hannah Crafts: Critical Essays on The Bondwoman's Narrative. Ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Hollis Robbins. New York: Basic Civitas, 2004. 315–31.Google Scholar
Bullock, Penelope L. The Afro-American Periodical Press, 1838–1909. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 1981.Google Scholar
Foster, Frances Smith. “A Narrative of the Interesting Origins and (Somewhat) Surprising Developments of African-American Print Culture.” American Literary History 17 (2005): 714–40.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Harper, Harper Frances Ellen. Minnie's Sacrifice, Sowing and Reaping, Trial and Triumph: Three Rediscovered Novels by Frances E. W. Harper. Ed. Foster, Frances Smith. Boston: Beacon, 1994.Google Scholar
McHenry, Elizabeth. Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societies. Durham: Duke UP, 2002.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Joycelyn, Moody. Sentimental Confessions: Spiritual Narratives of Nineteenth-Century African American Women. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2001.Google Scholar
Susan, Paul. Memoir of James Jackson, the Attentive and Obedient Scholar. Boston: James Loring, 1835. Ed. and introd. Lois Brown. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2000.Google Scholar
Carla, Peterson. “Doers of the Word”: African American Women Speakers and Writers in the North (1830–1880). New York: Oxford UP, 1995.Google Scholar
Lora, Romero. Home Fronts: Domesticity and Its Critics in the Antebellum United States. Durham: Duke UP, 1997.Google Scholar
Stewart, Maria W.The First Stage of Life.” Repository of Religion and Literature and of Science and Art 3 (1861): 8486; 3 (1861): 140-41.; 3 (1861): 187-88.Google Scholar
Stewart, Maria W. Maria W. Stewart, America's First Black Woman Political Writer. Ed. and introd. Richardson, Marilyn. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1987.Google Scholar
Stewart, Maria W. Meditations from the Pen of Mrs. Maria W. Stewart. Washington: For the Author, 1879.Google Scholar
Stewart, Maria W. Productions of Mrs. Maria W. Stewart. Boston: Friends of Freedom and Virtue, 1835. Rpt. in Spiritual Narratives. Ed. Susan Houchins. New York: Oxford UP, 1988.Google Scholar
Stewart, Maria W.The Proper Training of Children.” Repository of Religion and Literature and of Science and Art 3 (1861): 2730.Google Scholar
Wilson, Harriet E. Our Nig. Boston: George C. Rand and Avery, 1859. Ed. and introd. P. Gabrielle Foreman and Reginald Pitts. New York: Penguin, 2005.Google Scholar
Zboray, Ronald J., and Zboray, Mary Saracino. Literary Dollars and Social Sense: A People's History of the Mass Market Book. New York: Routledge, 2005.Google Scholar