By Julia C. Collins
In 1865, The Christian Recorder, the nationwide newspaper of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, serialized The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride, a unique written through Mrs. Julia C. Collins, an African American girl residing within the small city of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. the 1st novel ever released by means of a black American girl, it really is set in antebellum Louisiana and Connecticut, and makes a speciality of the lives of an attractive mixed-race mom and daughter whose possibilities for achievement via love and marriage are threatened by way of slavery and caste prejudice. The textual content stocks a lot with renowned nineteenth-century women's fiction, whereas its dominant issues of interracial romance, hidden African ancestry, and ambiguous racial identification have parallels within the writings of either black and white authors from the period.
Begun within the waning months of the Civil warfare, the unconventional was once close to its end whilst Julia Collins died of tuberculosis in November of 1865. during this first-ever e-book ebook of The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride, the editors have composed a hopeful and a sad finishing, reflecting possible choices Collins potentially could have thought of for the remaining of her remarkable novel. of their advent, the editors provide the main entire and present study at the lifestyles and group of an writer who left few lines within the historic list, and supply huge dialogue of her novel's literary and ancient value. Collins's released essays, which offer fascinating glimpses into the brain of this proficient yet missed author, are incorporated in what's going to end up to be the definitive version of an enormous new discovery in African American literature. Its e-book contributes immensely to our realizing of black American literature, faith, women's background, group existence, and race kin through the period of usa emancipation.
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