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Treading the Winepress

Presented by Historic Columbia at Online/Virtual Space

Apr 29 2020
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May 31 2020
Treading the Winepress

If the work had been published in novel form in 1885-86 (it was published as a serial in The Boston Advocate), Thompson Allen would have been the second black female novelist in the United States, just another accomplishment in an incredible life.

Start the week reflecting on the work and life of Clarissa Minnie Thompson Allen who wrote “Treading the Winepress,” a fictionalized version of life in Columbia for black citizens in the 1800s. If the work had been published in novel form in 1885-86 (it was published as a serial in The Boston Advocate), Thompson Allen would have been the second black female novelist in the United States, just another accomplishment in an incredible life.

Thompson Allen was born enslaved on the Wallace

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