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

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Harriet E. Wilson is the first female African American to publish a novel in North America. Her first and only work, "Our Nig: Sketches from the Life of a Free Black" was first published in 1859. Considered lost until 1982 when it was rediscovered by scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., the novel is largely autobiographical, tracking the life of a free black women in the Antebellum North. At the age of three, the protagonist Frado is abandoned by her parents and left at the house of the Bellmonts, a wealthy New England family. Her life as a free black woman in the North is filled with hardship and suffering. This realistic tale sugar coats nothing, and the reader witnesses Frado's difficult life as a servant to the family. A groundbreaking work of gender and race identity, Wilson creates a tremendous narrative central to African American history which helped to begin a tradition of African American literature in America. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781420968477
ISBN-10: 1420968475
Publication Date: March 18th, 2020
Pages: 60
Language: English

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