Nine Black Women: Anthology of Nineteenth Century Writers from the United States, Canada, Bermuda and the Caribbean

Overview

This is the first anthology to bring together the writings of the earliest black women writers in the East and West Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, the US and England. The selections span the American Revolution to the decade following the Civil War.

The nine writers included, both slave and free, represent a variety of genres, regions, professions, and political perspectives. Their words suggest the rich cultural history embedded in the writings,...
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Overview

This is the first anthology to bring together the writings of the earliest black women writers in the East and West Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, the US and England. The selections span the American Revolution to the decade following the Civil War.

The nine writers included, both slave and free, represent a variety of genres, regions, professions, and political perspectives. Their words suggest the rich cultural history embedded in the writings, and provide a glimpse into the lives of women coping with extreme racism and sexism. As black women, survival guides the construction of their texts and their public images. Each employs diverse strategies of resistance, evasion, displacement, omission and accommodation.

With an introduction that contains copious biographical details about each writer and a brief chronology preceding each text, Nine Black Women is a unique collection of original works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415919043
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/17/1997
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Moira Ferguson is the James E. Ryan Chair in English and Women's Literature at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Hart Sisters: Introduction 1
1 Elizabeth Hart Thwaites (1771-1833)
Biographical Narrative 5
Chronology 8
From History of Methodism 9
Hymns: Weary world, when will it end 13
Hymns: O Thou whose ear attends the softest prayer! 14
Poem: On the Death of the Rev. Mr. Cook 15
Letter to a Friend 18
Excerpts from Correspondence with a Cousin, Miss Lynch 22
2 Anne Hart Gilbert (1768-1834)
Biographical Narrative 27
Chronology 29
From History of Methodism 30
From Memoir of John Gilbert 38
3 Mary Prince (ca. 1788-after 1833): Introduction 47
Biographical Narrative 48
Chronology 53
From The History of Mary Prince 54
4 Mary Jane Grant Seacole (1805-1881): Introduction 67
Biographical Narrative 68
Chronology 71
From Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands 72
5 Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897): Introduction 97
Biographical Narrative 98
Chronology 101
From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl 102
6 Harriet E. Adams Wilson (1824 or 1828-1868/1870?): Introduction 119
Biographical Narrative 120
Chronology 123
From Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House 124
7 Jarena Lee (1783-after 1849): Introduction 145
Biographical Narrative 146
Chronology 149
From Religious Experience and Journal of Mrs. Jarena Lee 150
8 Nancy Gardner Prince (1799-?): Introduction 171
Biographical Narrative 172
Chronology 175
From A Narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince 176
9 Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893): Introduction 201
Biographical Narrative 201
Chronology 206
Personal Letter: To Professor G. Whipple 208
Editorials from the Provincial Freeman: Anti-Slavery Relations 214
Editorials from the Provincial Freeman: The Humbug of Reform 217
Editorials from the Provincial Freeman: A Bazaar in Toronto for Frederick Douglass's Paper, &c 218
Editorials from the Provincial Freeman: The Emigration Convention 220
Editorials from the Provincial Freeman: Intemperance 222
Editorials from the Provincial Freeman: The Presidential Election in the United States 223
Editorials from the Provincial Freeman: A Good Boarding House Greatly Needed by the Colored Citizens 224
Editorials from the Provincial Freeman: Obstacles to the Progress of Colored Canadians 225
Sermon 228
Open Letter or Circular from the Vigilance Committee 230
Open Letter to the Anglo-African 231
Notes 235
Selected Bibliography
Index 265
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