In her case study, creative writer and scholar DaMaris Hill focuses on The Brownies’ Book magazine and Zora Neale Hurston’s autobiography, Dust Tracks on the Road, to explore the various ways in which print capitalism and nationalist ideology impacted the childhood of black girls in the long nineteenth century. Cathecting the discussion of images - especially pictorial census images - and texts, Hill foregrounds how these exemplary African American publications helped to establish a resistive and emancipatory discourse to counter the pervasive stereotypes of African Americans as minstrels that had come to represent a default race identity. (keywords: African American children’s magazine, autobiography, legacy of slavery, education of girls, digital humanities, interdisciplinary comparative reading, New York, Deep South, 1920/42)