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June 19, 2020

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There it is again,"work that is necessary is also devalued, especially when it is done primarily by women"! Not only domestic work but what is now being called ":essential work" during a pandemic that sends doctors, nurses, EMTs, caregivers and cleaners and food workers to risk death from a novel virus, while unraveling an economy based on retail and recreation by confining white-collar workers at home. A hundred years and only the faces of the suffering have changed. Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson appeared in accounts of the Harlem Renaissance by feminist writers of the 1970s and earlier, then slipped back into obscurity as the women's movement was largely co-opted by academic programs. It's just as relevant today as it was when she wrote it.

Thank you, Stacey! I so admire the way your comment pulls together many threads, including your research. And I agree with Jacqueline L that both Alice Dunbar-Nelson and her work deserve our remembrance. 'I Sit And Sew' is a poem not only for its time but also for today. Her imagery takes a strong position vis a vis war: resistant. Can you let me know about whether, with your permission, I can re-post the poem and your commentary on my site about Dan Berrigan's legacy of working for peace? https://americaishardertofind.wordpress.com/

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