Annah Robinson Watson

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Annah Robinson Watson (1848–1930[citation needed]) was an American author, the founding member of the Nineteenth Century Club,[1] and a collector of folklore.

Born Annah Robinson, she resided in Memphis, Tennessee. She published tales and superstitions collected from African-American peoples, apparently in the dialect of the teller, and speculated on a type of ethnographic racialism.[2]

Her works include Some Notable Families of America, Of Sceptred Race, Passion Flowers and a paper—"Comparative Afro-American Folk-Lore"—read at the International Folk-Lore Congress of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.[3]


  1. ^ Wedell, Marsha (1991). "The Nineteenth Century Club". Elite women and the reform impulse in Memphis, 1875-1915 (illustrated ed.). Univ. of Tennessee Press. pp. 81–82. ISBN 0-87049-704-9. 
  2. ^ Sundquist, Eric J. (1993). "The Color Line". To wake the nations: race in the making of American literature (3, illustrated ed.). Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-89331-3. 
  3. ^ The International Folk-Lore Congress of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, July, 1893 1898 Charles H. Sergel pp. 327–40