On History

It is true we are too busy making history, and have been for some years past, to be able to write history yet, or to understand and interpret it.

Anna Julia Cooper, 1892

Beyond the common duties peculiar to woman’s sphere, the colored woman must have an intimate knowledge of every question that agitates the councils of the world; she must understand the solution of problems that involve the alteration of the boundaries of countries, and which make and unmake governments.

Pauline Hopkins, 1902