Our Nig

Our Nig

by Harriet E. Wilson


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"They discussed the expediency of a speedy departure. Seth would first seek employment, and then return for Mag. They would take with them what they could carry, and leave the rest with Pete Greene, and come for them when they were wanted. They were long in arranging affairs satisfactorily, and were not a little startled at the close of their conference to find Frado missing. They thought approaching night would bring her. Twilight passed into darkness, and she did not come. They thought she had understood their plans, and had, perhaps, permanently withdrawn. They could not rest without making some effort to ascertain her retreat. Seth went in pursuit, and returned without her. They rallied others when they discovered that another little colored girl was missing, a favorite playmate of Frado's. All effort proved unavailing. Mag felt sure her fears were realized, and that she might never see her again. Before her anxieties became realities, both were safely returned, and from them and their attendant they learned that they went to walk, and not minding the direction soon found themselves lost. They had climbed fences and walls, passed through thickets and marshes, and when night approached selected a thick cluster of shrubbery as a covert for the night. They were discovered by the person who now restored them, chatting of their prospects, Frado attempting to banish the childish fears of her companion. As they were some miles from home, they were kindly cared for until morning. Mag was relieved to know her child was not driven to desperation by their intentions to relieve themselves of her, and she was inclined to think severe restraint would be healthful."

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ISBN-13: 9781511986939
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2015
Pages: 74
Sales rank: 405,356
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)

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Our Nig 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When one hears of the ill-treatment of AfricanAmericans in the antebellum period, the predominant geographical area covered is the area of the Old Confederacy, the slave-holding South and West. What an eye-opener Harriet Wilson's book 'Our Nig' is. Telling the story of a six year old mulatto girl, spirited and tough, who is abandoned on the doorstep of a New Hampshire farmhouse by her white mother and her black lover, the child is beaten and otherwise abused, both physically and mentally, by the 'she devil' mistress of the house and her equally evil and abusive daughter. However, the little girl, Frado, perserveres and survives to fall and to, ultimately, rise again. Although originally published in 1859, and long lost to American readers, 'Our Nig' is the first novel published in English by an African American on the North American continent. It is a trenchant commentary--based partially on her life--on interracial relations in the North at the same time that Wilson's fellows were suffering under state-sanctioned servitude in the South. The fact that her home town--Milford, N.H.-- was also the home of a number of strident antislavery agitators makes Harriet Wilson's story even more interesting--how could folks so committed against slavery elsewhere fail to act on the oppression of a little black girl in (literally) their own back yard? That unanswerable question has been cited as one reason why Wilson's book failed to generate and attention when it was first published in 1859. Although the book had been first reprinted in 1982, it was only in this current edition that the editors have been able to tell the world what eventually happened to the author, Harriet Wilson. I heartily recommend this book. Both the original text and the commentary by the editors are first rate and definitely worth the time and trouble to read it.
BannieB More than 1 year ago
Gives insight to the mind of Free Blacks
grundlecat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wilson's auto-biographical novel is perhaps not great literature, but does keep one's interest and reveals volumes about the society in which she lived. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in our nation's history.
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