Harriet Wilson's New England: Race, Writing, and Region
In the mid-19th-century, Harriet E. Wilson, an enterprising woman of mixed racial heritage, wrote an autobiographical novel describing the abuse and servitude endured by a young black girl in the supposedly free North. Originally published in Boston in 1859 and "lost" until its 1983 republication by scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., Our Nig: or Sketches from the Life of a Free Black is generally considered the first work of fiction written by an African-American woman published in the United States.
With contributions that include historians, literary critics, psychologists, librarians, and diversity activists, Harriet Wilson's New England, the first collection devoted entirely to Wilson and her novel, offers new literary and historical interpretations of Our Nig, responding to renewed interest in Wilson's dramatic account of servitude and racial discrimination in New England.
Editors: JerriAnne Boggis, Eve Allegra Raimon, and Barbara A. White, with a forward by Henry Louis Gates Jr.