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Jessie Redmon Fauset

Jessie Redmon Fauset (1882-1961)
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Jessie Redmon Fauset was born in Frederickville, Camden County. During her important career as literary editor of Crisis, the official publication of the NAACP, she often highlighted the work of African-American women. One of her novels, The Chinaberry Tree (1931) is set in a small New Jersey town. Fauset moved to Montclair in 1939. 


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Additional Resources

Fuchs Abrams Sabrina. “The Power of Laughter: Jessie Redmon Fauset and the Racial and Gender Politics of Humor.” Studies in American Humor 2022 pp. 360–380. https://www.worldcat.org/title/9626101376 

Wedin Carolyn. Jessie Redmon Fauset Black American Writer. Whitston Pub 1981. https://www.worldcat.org/title/8087042