Edited in its early years by Pauline Hopkins and later managed by associates of Booker T. Washington, The Colored American Magazine (1900-1909) was among the most important early twentieth-century American periodicals and among the first general magazines addressed to a middle-class African American readership.
The Digital Colored American Magazine makes freely available full-color reproductions of unbound issues of this important periodical, with scholarly commentary on selected issues. For more information about the aims of this project, see our About page.
Issues of The Colored American Magazine digitized for this project belong to the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection in the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and were photographed by the Beinecke’s digital imaging studio.
A searchable version of the January-February 1902 double-issue has been added. This notable issue of the magazine includes a biography of Harriet Tubman written by Pauline Hopkins; the penultimate installment of Hopkins’s serial novel Hagar’s Daughter; and fascinating photographs of the magazine’s home office at 5 Park Square, Boston. (7/17)
Commentary on June 1900 issue by Alisha Knight (7/17)
Commentary on August 1901 issue by John Cullen Gruesser (6/17)
Commentary on March 1903 issue by Eurie Dahn (4/17)
Commentary on October 1900 issue by Brian Sweeney (4/17)
Eurie Dahn, Associate Professor of English, The College of Saint Rose
Brian Sweeney, Associate Professor of English, The College of Saint Rose
Robert J. Stoddard
Melissa Barton, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
David Seiler, Skidmore College
Work on this project was partially supported by fellowships from the Center for Citizenship, Race, and Ethnicity Studies at The College of Saint Rose.
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