Today in Black History: September 5, 1859 “The First Novel Published by an African American”

On September 5, 1859, Our Nig, was published anonymously through George C. Rand and Avery publishing firm in Boston. Our Nig, is an autobiographical narrative by Harriet E. Wilson. This book is the first novel published by an African American in the United States of America. Henry Louis Gates Jr. reprinted the book in 1982, after it had been lost for years.

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