Sisters of the Spirit: Three Black Women's Autobiographies of the Nineteenth Century

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William L. Andrews
Indiana University Press, Jul 22, 1986 - Literary Criticism - 256 pages
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"Sisters of the Spirit... should interest a wider audience.... These fascinating accounts can stand on their own.... Mr. Andrews has made them even more accessible by providing a comprehensive introduction and helpful footnotes... but he does not intrude on the text itself." -- New York Times Book Review

"... informative and inspiring reading." -- The Journal of American History

Jarena Lee, Zilpha Elaw, and Julia Foote underwent a revolution in their own sense of self that helped to launch a feminist revolution in American religious life and in American society as a whole.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
TEXTUAL NOTE
23
I The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee
25
II Memoirs of the Life Religious Experience Ministerial Travels and Labors of Mrs Zilpha Elaw
49
An Autobiographical Sketch by Mrs Julia A J Foote
161
NOTES
235
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About the author (1986)

General editor William L. Andrews is E. Maynard Adams Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author or editor of more than thirty books, including "The Literary Career of Charles W. Chesnutt" and "To Tell a Free Story: The First Century of Afro-American Autobiography, 1760-1865". Coeditors David A. Davis, Tampathia Evans, Ian Frederick Finseth, and Andrea N. Williams have earned graduate degrees in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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