The Hart Sisters: Early African Caribbean Writers, Evangelicals, and Radicals

The Hart Sisters: Early African Caribbean Writers, Evangelicals, and Radicals

by Moira Ferguson
     
 

Daughter of a black slaveholder father, Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites were among the first educators of slaves and free African Caribbeans in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Antigua. These members of the "free colored" community who married white men and played an active role as educators, antislavery activists, and Methodist evangelicals… See more details below

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Daughter of a black slaveholder father, Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites were among the first educators of slaves and free African Caribbeans in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Antigua. These members of the "free colored" community who married white men and played an active role as educators, antislavery activists, and Methodist evangelicals were also among the first African Caribbean female writers. This exceptional volume offers for the first time a collection of their writings.

Because the records of the Hart sisters are rare and original testimony from black women of the time, they will be of great interest to the modern scholar. Autobiographical and biographical narrative, along with antislavery tracts, hymns, devotional poetry, and religious documents vividly reveal the lives of these courageous women. Their writings illuminate the complex of racial, spiritual, and class- and gender-based divisions, as well as attitudes, of Anglophone Caribbean society. Moira Ferguson's introduction situates the Hart sisters in historical context and explains how their writings helped establish a specific black Antiguan cultural identity.

Moira Ferguson is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the author of Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery and East Caribbean: Gender and Colonial Relations from Mary Wollstonecraft to Jamaica Kincaid.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803219847
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
07/01/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Map of Caribbean Region
Map of Antigua
Introduction1
Chronologies57
Anne Hart Gilbert
History of Methodism57
Memoir of John Gilbert76
Elizabeth Hart Thwaites89
History of Methodism89
Hymns and Verse by Elizabeth Hart Thwaites97
Letter from Elizabeth Hart to a Friend104
Extracts from Elizabeth Hart Thwaites's Correspondence with Her Friend, Miss Lynch112
Appendixes115
AA Brief Sketch of Mrs. Anne Gilbert, by the Reverend William Box, Wesleyan Missionary117
BAdditional Remarks on John and Anne Gilbert by a Friend124
CExtracts from Charles Thwaites's Journal, 1829133
DBiography of Elizabeth Lynch141
ELetter from John Baxter to a Fellow Methodist in London158
FChronology of John Gilbert162
GCharles Thwaites's Report164
HThe Case of the Neglected and Deserted Negroes in the Island of Antigua167
IAntigua: An Act to Provide for the More Effectual Support of Poor Children174
JThomas Coke, To the Benevolent Subscribers for the Support of the Missions181
KExtract of a Letter from Thomas Coke to John Wesley195
IJames Macqueen, "The Colonial Empire of Great Britain"197
Index211

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