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Title:
Classic African American women's narratives
Author:
Andrews, William L., 1946-
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
xl, 391 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Religion and the pure principles of morality, the sure foundation on which we must build / Maria W. Steward -- The life and religious experience of Jarena Lee, a coloured lady, giving an account of her call to preach the gospel / Jarena Lee -- Narrative of Sojourner Truth, a northern slave / Sojourner Truth -- "The two offers" / Frances Ellen Watkins Harper -- Our nig; or, sketches from the life of a free black, in a two-story white house, North / Harriet E. Wilson -- Incidents in the life of a slave girl / Harriet A. Jacobs -- "Life on the sea islands" / Charlotte L. Forten.
ISBN:
9780195141344

9780195141351
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Classic African American Women's Narratives offers teachers, students, and general readers a one-volume collection of the most memorable and important prose written by African American women before 1865. The book reproduces the canon of African American women's fiction and autobiography duringthe slavery era in U.S. history. Each text in the volume represents a "first." Maria Stewart's Religion and the Pure Principles of Morality (1831) was the first political tract authored by an African American woman. Jarena Lee's Life and Religious Experience (1836) was the first African Americanwoman's spiritual autobiography. The Narrative of Sojourner Truth (1850) was the first slave narrative to focus on the experience of a female slave in the United States. Frances E. W. Harper's "The Two Offers" (1859) was the first short story published by an African American woman. Harriet E.Wilson's Our Nig (1859) was the first novel written by an African American woman. Harriet Jacob's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) was the first autobiography authored by an African American woman. Charlotte Forten's "Life on the Sea Islands" (1864) was the first contribution by anAfrican American woman to a major American literary magazine (the Atlantic Monthly). Complemented with an introduction by William L. Andrews, this is the only one-volume collection to gather the most important works of the first great era of African American women's writing.


Author Notes

William L. Andrews, E. Maynard Adams Professor of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Library Journal Review

All written before 1865, the prose works in this collection represent a number of "firsts" by African American women, including the first political pamphlet, the first spiritual autobiography, the first book to focus on the experience of a female slave in the United States, and the first novel. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Notesp. xxxv
Suggested Readingp. xxxviii
Note on the Textsp. xl
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p. 3

Religion and the Pure Principles of Morality, the Sure Foundation on Which We Must Buildp. 5
2

p. 17

The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee, a Coloured Lady, Giving an Account of Her Call to Preach the Gospel: Revised and Corrected from the Original Manuscript, Written by Herselfp. 19
Suggested Readingp. 19
3

p. 39

Suggested Readingp. 41
Narrative of Sojourner Truth, a Northern Slave, Emancipated from Bodily Servitude by the State of New York, in 1828: With a Portraitp. 42
Appendix. [Extract from 'slavery as It Is.']p. 113
4

p. 127

The Two Offersp. 130
5

p. 141

Our Nig; Or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House, North: Showing That Slavery's Shadows Fall Even Therep. 143
Appendixp. 192
6

p. 199

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlp. 203
Appendixp. 358
7

p. 361

Suggested Readingp. 363
Life on the Sea Islandsp. 364