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Brown BeautyColor, Sex, and Race from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II$
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Laila Haidarali

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479875108

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479875108.001.0001

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Brown Beginnings

Brown Beginnings

Imaging the New Negro Woman in 1920s Literary Print Culture

(p.31) 1 Brown Beginnings
Brown Beauty

Laila Haidarali

NYU Press

Chapter 1 explores the life of Elise Johnson McDougald, a Harlem educator, essayist, and social investigator. It studies her public and private writings, including a scrapbook she maintained as a record of her accomplishments. As a prominent educator and as a middle-aged woman, McDougald was a figure transitioning between the “woman’s era” and that of the “new woman.” For this and other reasons that emerge in the chapter, this chapter questions why she came to embody the “brown beauty” of the New Negro woman.

Keywords:   Elise Johnson McDougald, Harlem educator, new woman, New Negro woman, brown beauty, woman’s era

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