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Collected Black Women's Narratives (Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers)by Anthony G. Barthelemy
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The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers
General Editor: HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.
Oxford University Press, in collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, rescued the voice of an entire segment of the black tradition by offering volumes of compelling and rare works of fiction, poetry, autobiography, biography, essays, and journalism, written by nineteenth-century black women. Responding to the wide recognition this series has received, Oxford now presents four more of these volumes in paperback (to add to the eight already available). Each book contains an introduction written by an expert in the field, as well as an overview by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the General Editor.
These narratives by four black women - Louisa Picquet, Susie King Taylor, Bethany Veney, and Nancy Prince - testify to their struggles to maintain dignity and independence in the hostile, and frequently violent, society of antebellum America. Picquet and Veney's reminiscence of slave life are complemented by Susie King Taylor's description of nursing for the Union during the Civil War, and Nancy Prince's travel writings (she visited Europe, Russia, and Jamaica). The common thread in these texts is resistance.
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Literature at Cornell University.
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