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Our Nig
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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.
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Harriet E. Wilson (1825-1900) was born in New Hampshire, where she worked from a young age as a servant to an abusive family.

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" The landmark research and skillful criticism done by Foreman and Pitts should shape discussion of Our Nig for years to come." -African American Review

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