Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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In this three-page story, the author, A.W., offers a fictional account of the black stereotype of a "mammy" which describes a black woman who works as a housekeeper and/or nanny for white families. The story lovingly describes mammies, but it is a…

The "Echoes From The Minstrel" section toward the end of the Westhampton College yearbook is a collection of jokes and quotes written in "Negro dialect." "The Minstrel" is a reference to the minstrel shows that the Glee Club began putting on in May…

In this eight-page short story, the author, J.B. Kincanon, offers a fictional murder and criminal mystery. The author tells the fictional story through one of his character's name Bill Slater and his stay with a family in Big Rock, West Virginia. The…

The character that is drawn on the top-left corner of the "Senior-Her Book" is a representation of a black woman working as a maid. This drawing of the black woman is drawn in a "blackface" manner based on her facial features, which highlight the…

This is a drawing used as for the cover page for the "Sectional Clubs" portion of the yearbook. Four characters are drawn holding a "Sectional Clubs" sign. These four people are depicted as ethnically different and stereotypical manner based on their…

This essay by then-editor-in-chief Louise Dinwiddie, analyzes the 1929 poem "The Chinese Nightingale" by white American writer Vachel Lindsay. The poem mentions many facets of Chinese culture and, as Dinwiddie recognizes, asserts that culture is…

A play in one act written by Mary Lucile Saunders that takes place in a "Chinese town." The play follows the conversation of characters. Special attention should be paid to Saunders' description of each character, especially to Charlie and Ling.…

This short story written by Westhampton College freshman, Mary McDaniel, describes her experience as a homesick freshman. She talks how her expectations of leaving home were different from how she felt once she got to Richmond and how she misses the…

The article discusses a joint meeting between two literary societies, The Philologian and Mu Sigma Rho Society. During the joing meeting, a University vistor by the name of Miss Dudley, gave an "old fashioned negro sermon, which visualized the negro…

This six-page short story, written by Frances D. Glassell, explores the lives of former slaves living on the property of their former owner. On the day the story is set one of the former slaves, Uncle Job, was sent to the ferry dock to pick up Aunt…
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