Princess of the Hither Isles A Black Suffragist’s Story from the Jim Crow South Adele Logan Alexander

Publication date:
12 Nov 2019
Yale University Press
392 pages: 235 x 156mm
9 b-w illus.

Born in the late nineteenth century into an affluent family of mixed race—black, white, and Cherokee—Adella Hunt Logan (1863–1915) was a key figure in the fight to obtain voting rights for women of color. A professor at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and a close friend of Booker T. Washington, Adella was in contact with luminaries such as Frederick Douglass, George Washington Carver, and W. E. B. Du Bois. Despite her self-identification as an African American, she looked white and would often pass for white at segregated suffrage conferences, gaining access to information and political tactics used in the “white world” that might benefit her African American community.
Written by Adella’s granddaughter Adele Logan Alexander, this long-overdue consideration of Adella’s pioneering work as a black suffragist is woven into a riveting multigenerational family saga and shines new light on the unresolved relationships between race, class, gender, and power in American society.

Adele Logan Alexander taught for eighteen years George Washington University. Her publications include Ambiguous Lives: Free Women of Color in Rural Georgia and Homelands and Waterways: The American Journey of the Bond Family, 1846–1926. She divides her time between New York City and Puerto Rico.