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It was the result of conscious, potentially unfeminine political activity that Wells was taking to new heights of visibility and controversy as an opponent of lynching. ∫≤ As an example of visionary pragmatism, ‘‘Exiled’’ expressed black women’s and the black community’s spiritual and political situation in the United States in 1892 and, by naming it, created a space for its transformation. Of particularly liberating potential was the ability of ‘‘Exiled’’ to depart from the bodily aspects of race and sex that ordered Victorian identity and labeled black women deviant.
Unable to talk through her tears this time, the scene talking through tears 29 points to a severe crisis of authority and intense personal su√ering. In this scenario, partisan calculation trumped visionary pragmatism. The autobiography o√ered a justiﬁcation after the fact. ’’∞≤∞ The chapter describing this rejection and other jarring events of 1919 culminates in high Christian drama, in a kind of resurrection from death. In late 1920, Wells’s social settlement, the Negro Fellowship League, closed due to a lack of funds and support.
In the preceding three years, with the support of Douglass and black club women, Wells accomplished the most creative and daring work of her life, work that would seal her reputation for the next century. Exiled The period between May 1892, when Wells left Memphis, and June 1895, when she settled permanently in Chicago, receives more attention than any other in Crusade for Justice. Throughout the historical record, these years, especially the part of them devoted to her British lecture tours, echo as the high point of her life.
The Syrian Princesses: The Women Who Ruled Rome, AD 193-235 by Godfrey Turton