Agents Wanted: Selling Racial Uplift at the Turn of the Twentieth Century—A Tea & Talk with Dr. Alisha Knight
Washington College’s Dr. Alisha Knight, Associate Professor of English and American Studies, gave a faculty tea and talk on Thursday, September 26, as part of the fall Literary House Series.
Dr. Knight discussed themes from her current research project, the African American book publishing trade at the turn of the twentieth century. More specifically, the Colored Co-operative Publishing Company, a black-owned publisher based in Boston in the early 1900s. Her work examines the peculiar nature of disseminating literature to African Americans at a time when many publishers either took this reading audience for granted or simply assumed it did not exist.