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In Notes from a Colored Girl, Karsonya Wise Whitehead examines the life and experiences of Emilie Frances Davis, a freeborn twenty-one-year-old mulatto woman, through a close reading of three pocket diaries she kept from 1863 to 1865. Whitehead explores Davis's worldviews and politics, her perceptions of both public and private events, her personal relationships, and her ...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published May 30th 2014 by University of South Carolina Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dianna
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
very interesting look at a brief period of time in the life of a free black young woman during the Civil War.
Kathy
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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During the antebellum period, Philadelphia had one of the largest populations of black people to any city. With over twenty-two thousand black people, it was second only to Baltimore in this regard, and it was the largest black American city outside of the enslaved South, with 3.9 percent of the population.

Between 1820 and 1840, Philadelphia was one of the most critical cities in the nation for free blacks and fugitive slaves because it connected the road of slavery in the South with
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Alice
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very different kind of history book. It's the transcript of the brief diary entries written by Emilie, a young free black woman living in Philadelphia. The entries cover the years 1863-65, yet the Civil War is only the background for the daily ness of the entries. At first reading the entries is slow going, but they have a cumulative power. The entries are interspersed with detailed essays by the author which are full of interesting information about the times and the free black community in ...more
Teresa McRae
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very good for my research purposes. Lots of great notes and commentary by the author. Interesting window into the life of blacks in the 19th century northern states.
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