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Pauline E. Hopkins
“Fiction is of great value to any people as a preserver of manners and customs — religious, political and social. It is a record of growth and development from generation to generation. No one will do this for us; we must ourselves develop the men and women who will faithfully portray the inmost thoughts and feelings of the Negro with all the fire and romance which lie dormant in our history ...”
“Even today it is erroneously believed that all racial development among colored people has taken place since emancipation. It is impossible of belief for some, that little circles of educated men and women of color have existed since the Revolutionary War.”
“It is an incontrovertible truth that there is no such thing as an unmixed black on the American continent.”
“We may right a wrong, but we cannot restore our victim to his primeval state of happiness. Something is lost that can never be regained.”
“Sappho possessed a brilliant mind and resolute character. If she had been a religious devotee she would have been as devout and as fervid as a disciple of old. If a sinner, the queen of them all.”
Pauline E. Hopkins, U.S. writer
(1859 - 1930)
Full name: Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins. She also wrote as Sarah A. Allen.