Three Black Women's Autobiographies of the Nineteenth Century
In Sisters of the Spirit three black American women recreatte their lives and proclaim their faith in themselves as women with an empowering mission. As preachers of the Christian gospel, Jarena Lee, Zilpha Elaw, and Julia Foote helped to launch a feminist revolution in American religious life and in American society as a whole. In 1836, The life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee challenged traditional female roles with an argument for women's spiritual authority. Zilpha Elaw's Memoirs recounts not only its author's struggle for legitimacy as a preacher but also her dangerous preaching missions to the slaves states. After the Civil War, Julia Foote's A Brand Plucked from the Fire testifies to the growth of a more explicitly feminist message in black women's spiritual autobiography.
These three autobiographies are important literary and historical documents, as well as valuable self-portraits of three major forebears of the black feminist literary tradition in America.
Edited with an Introduction by William L Andrews
Publication: Indiana University Press 1986
Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.75 inches