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Our Nig : Sketches from the Life of a Free Black
by Harriet E. Wilson


Overview - "I sat up most of the night reading and pondering the enormous significance of Harriet Wilson's "Our Nig."" -- Author Alice Walker
This seminal autobiographical novel, originally published in 1859, is believed to have been the first by an African-American woman.
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Overview
"I sat up most of the night reading and pondering the enormous significance of Harriet Wilson's "Our Nig."" -- Author Alice Walker
This seminal autobiographical novel, originally published in 1859, is believed to have been the first by an African-American woman. Harriet Wilson's compelling story describes the life of a mulatto girl who, after the death of her mother, is exploited first by a terrifying Northern family for whom she worked and then by an opportunistic husband.
A classic of African-American literature, "Our Nig" has made an enduring contribution to understanding the lives of free blacks in the nineteenth century. A fascinating combination of slave narrative and sentimental novel, the story traces the hardships and suffering of Frado, who grows up as an indentured servant to a white family in Massachusetts and spends much of her destitute life wandering through New England.
A clear and accurate account of race relations and perceptions of race in the antebellum North, "Our Nig" is essential reading for students of African-American history and culture.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780486445618
  • ISBN-10: 0486445615
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publish Date: August 2005
  • Page Count: 140

Series: Dover African-American Books

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