Our Nig: Sketches from the Life of a Free Black (Dover African-American Books)
- Author:Harriet E. Wilson
- Publisher:Dover Publications
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- Sales Rank:474,045
- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
- Number Of Items:1
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- Dimensions (in):0.4 x 5.5 x 8.3
- Publication Date:August 8, 2005
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"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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