Our Nig: or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black

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9781400031207: Our Nig: or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black

With a New Preface, Introduction, and Notes by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
New Afterword by Barbara White


A fascinating fusion of two literary models of the nineteenth century, the sentimental novel and the slave narrative, Our Nig, apart from its historical significance, is a deeply ironic and highly readable work, tracing the trials and tribulations of Frado, a mulatto girl abandoned by her white mother after the death of the child's black father, who grows up as an indentured servant to a white family in nineteenth-century Massachusetts.

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g is a classic of African American Literature that has proven to be an enduring contribution to our understanding of free blacks in the nineteenth century. Originally published in 1859, it was neglected for over a hundred years and is now the subject of renewed scholarly interest. A fascinating fusion of two literary modes of the nineteenth century—the sentimental novel and the slave narrative—Our Nig traces the trials and tribulations of Frado, a mulatto girl who grows up as an indentured servant to a white Massachusetts family. And now, as new scholarship sheds light on the author's life, our appreciation for Our Nig is enhanced.

With a new afterword by Barbara A. White.

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"I sat up most of the night reading and pondering the enormous significance of Harriet Wilson's Our Nig." —Alice Walker

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