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The Hart sisters : early African Caribbean writers, evangelicals, and radicals /
edited and with an introduction by Moira Ferguson.
imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1993.
description
ix, 214 p. : maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0803219849 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1993.
isbn
0803219849 (alk. paper)
general note
Includes various works by Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites.
catalogue key
3699820
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-02:
Long-forgotten works by early authors of the African Caribbean are reappearing today and undergoing scholarly analyses. In a lengthy introduction to the spiritual writings of the "free colored" sisters Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites of Antigua, Ferguson contributes to the fund of knowledge and appreciation that present-day students require for a fuller understanding of African Caribbean literature. Ferguson discusses the implications in the prose works of the Hart sisters, who defied the mainstream island society as they labored to assist all persons of color, especially those men and women still in slavery. Each woman wrote a history of Methodist activities detailing personal accounts of spiritual conversions, courageous attempts to evoke sympathy for the slaves' plight, and strong criticisms of those in control of the island society's institutions of power. This book is an interesting addition to the growing body of black autobiographical prose works. Recommended for all Caribbean, black studies, and religious history collections. Undergradaute; graduate; faculty. A. Costanzo; Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
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"The Hart Sisterswill be of great importance for social and cultural historians, literary and cultural critics working in Afro-Caribbean, African-American, and Afro-British studies, as well as those scholars working across national and disciplinary boundaries to construct the interwoven narratives of the African diaspora, antislavery movements, and the history of colonialism."Cora Kaplan, author ofSea Changes: Culture and Feminism
" The Hart Sisters will be of great importance for social and cultural historians, literary and cultural critics working in Afro-Caribbean, African-American, and Afro-British studies, as well as those scholars working across national and disciplinary boundaries to construct the interwoven narratives of the African diaspora, antislavery movements, and the history of colonialism."-Cora Kaplan, author of Sea Changes: Culture and Feminism
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Daughter of a black slaveholder father, Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites were among the first educators of slaves and free African Caribbeans in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Antigua. These members of the "free colored" community who married white men and played an active role as educators, antislavery activists, and Methodist evangelicals were also among the first African Caribbean female writers. This exceptional volume offers for the first time a collection of their writings. Because the records of the Hart sisters are rare and original testimony from black women of the time, they will be of great interest to the modern scholar. Autobiographical and biographical narrative, along with antislavery tracts, hymns, devotional poetry, and religious documents vividly reveal the lives of these courageous women. Their writings illuminate the complex of racial, spiritual, and class- and gender-based divisions, as well as attitudes, of Anglophone Caribbean society. Moira Ferguson's introduction situates the Hart sisters in historical context and explains how their writings helped establish a specific black Antiguan cultural identity.
Main Description
Daughter of a black slaveholder father, Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites were among the first educators of slaves and free African Caribbeans in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Antigua. These members of the "free colored" community who married white men and played an active role as educators, antislavery activists, and Methodist evangelicals were also among the first African Caribbean female writers. This exceptional volume offers for the first time a collection of their writings.Because the records of the Hart sisters are rare and original testimony from black women of the time, they will be of great interest to the modern scholar. Autobiographical and biographical narrative, along with antislavery tracts, hymns, devotional poetry, and religious documents vividly reveal the lives of these courageous women. Their writings illuminate the complex of racial, spiritual, and class- and gender-based divisions, as well as attitudes, of Anglophone Caribbean society. Moira Ferguson's introduction situates the Hart sisters in historical context and explains how their writings helped establish a specific black Antiguan cultural identity.
Main Description
"The Hart Sisters will be of great importance for social and cultural historians, literary and cultural critics working in Afro-Caribbean, African-American, and Afro-British studies, as well as those scholars working across national and disciplinary boundaries to construct the interwoven narratives of the African diaspora, antislavery movements, and the history of colonialism."-Cora Kaplan, author of Sea Changes: Culture and FeminismDaughter of a black slaveholder father, Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites were among the first educators of slaves and free African Caribbeans in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Antigua. These members of the "free colored" community who married white men and played an active role as educators, antislavery activists, and Methodist evangelicals were also among the first African Caribbean female writers. This exceptional volume offers for the first time a collection of their writings.Because the records of the Hart sisters are rare and original testimony from black women of the time, they will be of great interest to the modern scholar. Autobiographical and biographical narrative, along with antislavery tracts, hymns, devotional poetry, and religious documents vividly reveal the lives of these courageous women. Their writings illuminate the complex of racial, spiritual, and class- and gender-based divisions, as well as attitudes, of Anglophone Caribbean society. Moira Ferguson's introduction situates the Hart sisters in historical context and explains how their writings helped establish a specific black Antiguan cultural identity.Moira Ferguson is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the author of Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery and East Caribbean: Gender and Colonial Relations from Mary Wollstonecraft to Jamaica Kincaid.
Main Description
"The Hart Sisters will be of great importance for social and cultural historians, literary and cultural critics working in Afro-Caribbean, African-American, and Afro-British studies, as well as those scholars working across national and disciplinary boundaries to construct the interwoven narratives of the African diaspora, antislavery movements, and the history of colonialism."--Cora Kaplan, author of Sea Changes: Culture and Feminism Daughter of a black slaveholder father, Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites were among the first educators of slaves and free African Caribbeans in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Antigua. These members of the "free colored" community who married white men and played an active role as educators, antislavery activists, and Methodist evangelicals were also among the first African Caribbean female writers. This exceptional volume offers for the first time a collection of their writings. Because the records of the Hart sisters are rare and original testimony from black women of the time, they will be of great interest to the modern scholar. Autobiographical and biographical narrative, along with antislavery tracts, hymns, devotional poetry, and religious documents vividly reveal the lives of these courageous women. Their writings illuminate the complex of racial, spiritual, and class- and gender-based divisions, as well as attitudes, of Anglophone Caribbean society. Moira Ferguson's introduction situates the Hart sisters in historical context and explains how their writings helped establish a specific black Antiguan cultural identity. Moira Ferguson is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the author of Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery and East Caribbean: Gender and Colonial Relations from Mary Wollstonecraft to Jamaica Kincaid.
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Daughters of a black slaveholder father, Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites were among the first educators of slaves and free African Caribbeans in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Antigua. These members of the 'free colored' community who married white men and played an active role as educators, antislavery activists, and Methodist evangelicals were also among the first African Caribbean female writers. this exceptional volume offers for the first time a collection of their writings.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Notesp. 47
Chronologiesp. 55
History of Methodismp. 57
Anne Hart Gilbertp. 57
History of Methodismp. 89
Elizabeth Hart Thwaitesp. 89
Hymns and Verse By Elizabeth Hart Thwaitesp. 97
Letter from Elizabeth Hart To a Friendp. 104
Extracts from Elizabeth Hart Thwaites's Correspondence with Her Friend, Miss Lynchp. 112
Appendixesp. 115
Indexp. 211
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