The Colored American Magazine. August, 1900.
With a rare short story by Angelina W. Grimke
The Colored American Magazine is a rare, short-lived, and important African-American periodical published in Boston from 1900 to 1909. Contributing authors over its run included Frances E. W. Harper, Frederick Douglass, and Booker T. Washington.
This August 1900 issue—only its third issue—contains literary works such as Angelina W. Grimke’s “Black Is, As Black Does.” The latter work is important, it is one of three juvenile works written by Grimke, playwright and poet, who would later present her finest works during the Harlem Renaissance. Angelina W. Grimke (1880–1958), African-American female poet, reclusive celibate lesbian. Her 1916 effort, Rachel, is widely accepted to be the first play written by, published for, and stage-produced by an African-American woman.
Also within is the first installment of a serialized detective fiction novel by a white male novelist, Maitland Leroy Osborne (1871–1960), entitled The Stress of Impulse. Intriguingly, there is no specific indication that the detective character is African American, however, the detective hero is nursed back to health by a mysterious figure “clad in black” and with “glorious hair [that] shone like burnished ebony.” (p134)
Non-fiction articles such as Robert W. Carter’s “Shall the Fifteenth Amendment be Repealed?” also appear.
The cover portrait depicts Miss Mamie Williams, a rising black singer from Providence, Rhode Island, whose brief profile within the magazine likens her talents to the celebrated black sopranos Flora Bergen and Sisseretta Jones, a.k.a. the “Black Patti.” Other black Americans of note are illustrated within, taken from portrait photographs.
Description: The Colored American Magazine. August, 1900.
Boston: The Colored Co-Operative Publishing Company. August 1900. Vol. 1. No. 3. pp.–192. Magazine. Approx. 10 x 6¾ inches. Color illustrated wrappers; side stapled. Half tone illustrations; ads. Wear to wrappers with closed tears, spine wear, creasing and minor losses in margins affecting only one word; other general wear; good.
Note. 1. August 1900 (Vol. 1, No. 3) – The Digital Colored American Magazine accessed online. Ref. Bullock, The Afro-American Periodical Press, 1838-1909 (Baton Rouge, 1981), pp106-118.