Alice Dunbar-Nelson

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Part of the first generation of African-Americans born free in the post-Civil War, Alice Dunbar Nelson was a poet, journalist, and activist. Part of the Harlem Renaissance, Nelson published her first collection of short stories, Violet and Other Tales (1895), which included A Carnival Jangle and Little Miss Sophie.

Dunbar-Nelson taught for a decade at Howard High School in Wilmington, Delaware, becoming a strident political activist in the 1920's and 1930's in the women's suffrage movement, leveraging her talents and beliefs as a political columnist and public speaker.

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