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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    The North Wasn't That Good Either

    When one hears of the ill-treatment of AfricanAmericans in the antebellum period, the predominant geographical area covered is the area of the Old Confederacy, the slave-holding South and West. What an eye-opener Harriet Wilson's book 'Our Nig' is. Telling the story of a six year old mulatto girl, spirited and tough, who is abandoned on the doorstep of a New Hampshire farmhouse by her white mother and her black lover, the child is beaten and otherwise abused, both physically and mentally, by the 'she devil' mistress of the house and her equally evil and abusive daughter. However, the little girl, Frado, perserveres and survives to fall and to, ultimately, rise again. Although originally published in 1859, and long lost to American readers, 'Our Nig' is the first novel published in English by an African American on the North American continent. It is a trenchant commentary--based partially on her life--on interracial relations in the North at the same time that Wilson's fellows were suffering under state-sanctioned servitude in the South. The fact that her home town--Milford, N.H.-- was also the home of a number of strident antislavery agitators makes Harriet Wilson's story even more interesting--how could folks so committed against slavery elsewhere fail to act on the oppression of a little black girl in (literally) their own back yard? That unanswerable question has been cited as one reason why Wilson's book failed to generate and attention when it was first published in 1859. Although the book had been first reprinted in 1982, it was only in this current edition that the editors have been able to tell the world what eventually happened to the author, Harriet Wilson. I heartily recommend this book. Both the original text and the commentary by the editors are first rate and definitely worth the time and trouble to read it.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Good read

    Gives insight to the mind of Free Blacks

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