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We Are Your Sisters, a collection of letters, oral histories, and excerpts from diaries and autobiographies, is "a documentary portrayal of black women who lived between 1800 and the 1880s." As such, We Are Your Sisters provides a panoramic portrait of black women's lives, presenting the words of laundresses and maids, of writers and teachers. You'll find the testimonies of slave women, as collected in the 1920s and '30s by the Federal Writers Project, on such matters as work, courtship, and family life; letters from slave women that include moving appeals for husbands to save them from slave traders; and first-person accounts of women's resistance to slavery. There are also letters from women such as Rosetta Douglass Sprague, the daughter of Frederick Douglass; accounts of the doings of upper-class blacks in the years following the Civil War; and excerpts from the diary of Frances Rollin, author of a biography of black activist and Civil War soldier Martin Delany.
“This richly researched, sensitively edited, annotated volume portrays indelibly, in their own words, the lives of American black women before, during, and immediately after the Civil War. . . . Added to the oral interviews collected by historians of the WPA Writers' Project in the 1930s are excerpts from contemporary diaries, letters, newspapers, memoirs and other sources. . . . A narrative symphonic in scope and inspiring in its revelations of the human ability to overcome. . . . Unforgettable reading.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Dorothy Sterling has for most of a rich lifetime been providing us with significant portions of black women's history. Now we have another treasure, the fruits of a sympathetic heart and an able mind.” (Florence Howe, The State University of New York at Old Westbury)
This book is written well and includes a variety of narratives. A good read for anyone who likes African American history.Published 9 months ago by Avid Reader