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Servitude and Homelessness: Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig

Carol J. Singley

in Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship, and National Identity in Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199779390
eISBN:
9780199895106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779390.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig (1859) demonstrates the limits of adoption for a poor racially marked Northern child deemed unfit for the middle class. The mixed race Frado Smith is denied adoption after ... More


Unfree Labor and the Origins of Empire

Abigail L. Swingen

in Competing Visions of Empire: Labor, Slavery, and the Origins of the British Atlantic Empire

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780300187540
eISBN:
9780300189445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300187540.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter focuses on the origins of English imperialism in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries and the systems of unfree labor that were developed to help sustain overseas ... More


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