Sisters of the Spirit: Three Black Womens Autobiographies of the Nineteenth Century

William L. Andrews, Editor, Julia A. J. Foote, Author, Jarena Lee, Author Indiana University Press $15.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-253-28704-5
Andrews, a University of Wisconsin English professor, has collected the spiritual autobiographies of Jarena Lee, Zilpha Elaw and Julia Foote, who preached the gospel from 1836 to 1879 and were pioneers as women, preachers and blacks at a time when slavery was ending in the U.S. These memoirs chronicle difficult childhoods, religious conversions in revival camp meetings and adult lives dedicated to saving souls across black and white America. While some readers may find the evangelical language slow going, these texts remain important documents of racial and feminist radicalism in American religious life. (May)
Reviewed on: 07/01/1986
Release date: 07/01/1986
Hardcover - 245 pages - 978-0-253-35260-6
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