For the 150th anniversary of its first publication, a new edition of the pioneering African-American classic, reflecting groundbreaking discoveries about its author's life
First published in 1859, Our Nig is an autobiographical narrative that stands as one of the most important accounts of the life of a black woman in the antebellum North. In the story of Frado, a spirited black girl who is abused and overworked as the indentured servant to a New England family, Harriet E. Wilson tells a heartbreaking story about the resilience of the human spirit. This edition incorporates new research showing that Wilson was not only a pioneering African-American literary figure but also an entrepreneur in the black women's hair care market fifty years before Madame C. J. Walker's hair care empire made her the country's first woman millionaire.
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Our Nig 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.
"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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Book Description IndyPublish, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1404322736
Book Description IndyPublish, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1404322736
Book Description IndyPublish, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 120 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.27 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1404322736