We Are Your Sisters: Black Women in the Nineteenth Century

Dorothy Sterling (Editor) Mary Helen Washington (Foreword by)

Product Details

W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
July 17, 1997
5.5 X 8.5 X 1.4 inches | 1.6 pounds

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About the Author

Dorothy Sterling (1913--2008) was a native New Yorker who lived for many years on Cape Cod in Wellfleet. She made many trips to Nantucket, Block Island, Martha's Vineyard, and Long Island. She was a painstaking and thorough researcher with a long list of natural history, biography, and fiction books to her credit.


A remarkable documentary and the first in-depth record of many black women, slave and free. --Dorothy B. Porter, curator emeritus, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University -- Dorothy B. Porter
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.
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