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Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935) was an American poet, teacher, journalist and political activist. She is one of the key figures of the Harlem Renaissance movement. She contributed to The Woman’s Era, the first newspaper aimed specifically at African-American women and supported America’s involvement in the First World War, believing that it would bring an end to racial divisions. Her poem ‘I Sit and Sew’ reflects the frustration of a woman who feels unable to contribute directly to the war effort. As well as poetry, Dunbar-Nelson published collections of short stories.