The Tar Baby and the Tomahawk: Race and Ethnic Images in American Children's Literature, 1880-1939

Jessie Fauset

Jessie Fauset (1882-1961) was best known for her role as literary editor of The Crisis from 1919-1926, where she helped promote the careers of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay among others. Long overlooked by scholars and historians, Fauset’s contributions to the Harlem Renaissance are now recognized as essential to the movement’s success. Along with supporting the development of other artists, Fauset wrote many short stories, poems and published four novels. While serving as the literary editor for The Brownies’ Book, Fauset not only edited the works of other contributors, but also wrote many signed and unsigned pieces for the magazine.