Work of the Fellows: Edited Volumes

Harriet E. Wilson, Our Nig, or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black

Wilson, Harriet E.

Foreman, P. Gabrielle (Fellow, 2003-04); Pitts, Reginald H., ed.

New York: Penguin Books, 2022

From the publisher's description:

First published in 1859, Our Nig is an autobiographical narrative that stands as one of the most important accounts of the life of a black woman in the antebellum North. In the story of Frado, a spirited black girl who is abused and overworked as the indentured servant to a New England family, Harriet E. Wilson tells a heartbreaking story about the resilience of the human spirit. This edition incorporates new research showing that Wilson was not only a pioneering African-American literary figure but also an entrepreneur in the black women’s hair care market fifty years before Madame C. J. Walker’s hair care empire made her the country’s first woman millionaire.


Subjects: Literature; History;; African American History; African American Literature; Freedmen; Autobiographical Novels;