By William L. Andrews
Vintage African American Women's Narratives deals academics, scholars, and basic readers a one-volume selection of the main memorable and demanding prose written by way of African American ladies ahead of 1865. The ebook reproduces the canon of African American women's fiction and autobiography through the slavery period in U.S. background. each one textual content within the quantity represents a "first." Maria Stewart's faith and the natural rules of Morality (1831) was once the 1st political tract authored by way of an African American girl. Jarena Lee's lifestyles and non secular event (1836) was once the 1st African American woman's non secular autobiography. The Narrative of Sojourner fact (1850) was once the 1st slave narrative to target the adventure of a feminine slave within the usa. Frances E. W. Harper's "The bargains" (1859) was once the 1st brief tale released by way of an African American lady. Harriet E. Wilson's Our Nig (1859) used to be the 1st novel written by way of an African American lady. Harriet Jacob's Incidents within the lifetime of a Slave lady (1861) used to be the 1st autobiography authored by way of an African American lady. Charlotte Forten's "Life at the Sea Islands" (1864) used to be the 1st contribution through an African American lady to a big American literary journal (the Atlantic Monthly). Complemented with an creation through William L. Andrews, this can be the one one-volume assortment to assemble crucial works of the 1st nice period of African American women's writing.
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And our daughters, where are they? blushing in innocence and virtue? And our sons, do they bid fair to become crowns of glory to our hoary heads? Where is the parent who is conscious of having faithfully discharged his duty, and at the last awful day of account, shall be able to say, here, Lord, is thy poor, unworthy servant, and the children thou hast given me? And where are the children that will arise, and call them blessed? Alas, O God! forgive me if I speak amiss; the minds of our tender babes are tainted as soon as they are born; they go astray, as it were, from the womb.
There are many instances, even among us now, where parents have discharged their duty faithfully, and their children now reﬂect honor upon their gray hairs. Perhaps you will say, that many parents have set pure examples at home, and they have not followed them. True, our expectations are often blasted; but let not this dishearten you. If they have faithfully discharged their duty, even after they are dead, their works may live; their prodigal children may then return to God, and become heirs of salvation; if not, their children cannot rise and condemn them at the awful bar of God.
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