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Love and Marriage in Early African America
Frances Smith Foster, ed.

Northeastern University Press



Contents

• List of Illustrations
• Introduction: By Way of an Open Letter to My Sister

• Lyrics
• What’s You Lookin’ at Me Fer?
• Love Is Jes a Thing o’ Fancy
• You Loves Yo’ Gal?
• Creole Candio,
• One Sweet Kiss
• On Friendship - Phillis Wheatley (1769)
• Philis’ Reply - Phillis Wheatley (1774)
• Behave Yourself, from Freedom’s Journal (1827)
• Lines to My——— - George Moses Horton (1843)
• Courting in Connecticut, from Provincial Freeman (1855)
• To Annie, from the Pacific Appeal (1862)
• To Miss W - A. I[slay] Walden (1873?)
• Dedicated to a Young Lady - A. I[slay] Walden (1873)
• A Negro Love Song - Paul Laurence Dunbar (1895)
• Dinah Kneading Dough - Paul Laurence Dunbar (1899)
• Show Your Love - James E. McGirt (1901)
• The Parting Kiss - Jos. D. H. Heard (1901)
• Jessie and I - Timothy Thomas Fortune (1905)
• Kiss Me Again - Samuel Alfred Beadle (1912)
• Love’s Lament - Olive Ward Bush-Banks (1914)
• Filled with You - Olive Ward Bush-Banks (1920)

• Lyrics
• Does You Lak Strawberries? - Anonymous
• W’en I Wus a “Roustabout,” - Anonymous
• She Hug Me - Anonymous
• A Letter - Anonymous
• You Nasty Dog! - Anonymous
• Pretty Liddle Pink - Anonymous
• Is It So? from Freedom’s Journal (1827)
• Stanzas, from Freedom’s Journal (1828)
• To Eliza - George Moses Horton (1829)
• Forget Me Not - Ann Plato (1841)
• Farewell to Frances - George Moses Horton (1865)
• A Love Song - John Willis Menard (1879)
• A Double Standard - Frances E[llen] W[atkins] Harper (1893)
• Sence You Went Away - James Weldon Johnson (1900)
• Regret - Olive Ward Bush-Banks (1914)
• Violets - Alice Dunbar Nelson (1917)
• The Heart of a Woman - Georgia Douglas Johnson (1918)

• Fiction
• A Christmas Sketch - Mrs. M. B. Lambert (1882)
• Violets - Alice Dunbar Nelson (1895)
• “There Was One Time!” - Jessie Fauset (1917)

• Letters
• From Phillis Wheatley to Obour Tanner (1773)
• From Harriet to Freedom’s Journal (1827)
• From Amelia to Freedom’s Journal (1827)
• From Criticus to Freedom’s Journal (1827)
• From Tom Little to Freedom’s Journal (1827)
• From Henry H. Garnet to “Dear Friend” (1837)
• From William H. Wormley to Catto (1860)
• From Addie Brown to Rebecca Primus (1859–1867)
• Autobiographical Accounts
• William Grimes, from Life of William Grimes (1855)
• James Williams, from Life and Adventures of James Williams (1893)
• Fannie Berry, from Federal Writers Project (ca. 1937)

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Lyrics
• Aurore Pradère - Anonymous
• W’en I Goes to Marry - Anonymous
• Lines, Written on hearing a beautiful Young Lady express a determination to live an Old Maid, from Freedom’s Journal (1828)
• A Young Lady’s Soliloquy, from the Christian Recorder (1864)
• The Cheerless Condition of Bachelorship, George Moses Horton (1865)
• Report, Frances E[llen] W[atkins] Harper (1867)
• Advice to Girls, Frances E[llen] W[atkins] Harper (1868)
• The Young Man’s Comforter, A. I[slay] Walden (1873)
• One to Love, A. I[slay] Walden (1873)

• Fiction
• A Woman and an Angel, from Provincial Freeman (1855)
• The Two Offers, Frances Ellen Watkins [Harper] (1859)

• Nonfiction
• On Marriage, from The Doctrines and Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (1817)
• A Bachelor’s Thermometer, from Freedom’s Journal (1827)
• The Old Maid’s Diary, from Freedom’s Journal (1827)
• “Sic a Wife,” from Freedom’s Journal (1828)
• An Unmarried Woman, from Freedom’s Journal (1828)
• A Gold Repeater, from Freedom’s Journal (1828)
• Lewis White Advertises, from Freedom’s Journal (1829)
• Two School Girls - Ann Plato (1841)
• A Bachelor Advertises, from Provincial Freeman (1855)
• Matrimony, from Repository of Religion and Literature (1859)
• To Avoid a Bad Husband, from the Christian Recorder (1861)
• The Pleasures of Single Life, from the Pacific Appeal (1864)
• Young Ladies of To-Day, from the Christian Recorder (1864)
• How to Make Bean Soup, from the Christian Recorder (1865)
• Yoked Unequally, from the Christian Recorder (1876)
• Bigamy, from Life and Adventures of James Williams (1893)

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Lyrics
• Wedding Colors - Anonymous
• Slave Marriage - Anonymous
• Written in a Bride’s Album - A[fred] G[ibbs] Campbell (1883)
• Marriage - Mary Weston Fordham (1897)

• Fiction
• Conversation, from Southern Workman (1895)

• Nonfiction
• Miseries of an Engaged Man, from Freedom’s Journal (1828)
• Miseries of an Engaged Woman, from Freedom’s Journal (1828)
• Getting Married without Knowing How It Was to Be Done, from the Christian Recorder (1861)
• Marriage of Rev. John Beckett to Miss Kate Campbell, from the Christian Recorder (1876)

• Autobiographical Accounts
• Thomas Tompkins, from Freedom’s Journal
• William Grimes, from Life of William Grimes
• Harriet Jacobs, from Incidents in the Life
• When Two of the Slaves, Harriett McFarlin Payne, from Rawick,
• American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (ca. 1937)
• The War Went On, from Ophelia Settle Egypt, Unwritten History of Slavery
• Iffen Any of the Slaves, Aunt Virginia Bell from Rawick, American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (ca. 1937)
• I Had a Nice Weddin’, Sarah Allen, from Rawick, American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (ca. 1937)
• De Way Dey Done, Jeff Calhoun, from Rawick, American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (ca. 1937)

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Lyrics
• Three Months Married – Anonymous
• To a Lady on the Death of Her Husband - Phillis Wheatley (1772)
• To the Bride, from Freedom’s Journal (1828)
• Connubial Felicity - George Moses Horton (1845)
• The Fugitive’s Wife - Frances Ellen Watkins [Harper] (1857)
• The Old Couple, from the Christian Recorder
• The Wife’s Invocation - John Menard Willis (1879)
• To Elder T. Wellington Henderson, from the Christian Recorder (1879)
• Dearest - Robert C. O. Benjamin (1883)
• To My Absent Wife - A[fred] G[ibbs] Campbell (1883)
• To Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Johnson - Frances E[llen] W[atkins] Harper (1886)
• Tired - Fenton Johnson (1919)

• Fiction
• Dialogue between a Newly Married Couple, from Provincial Freeman (1855)
• Mr. Pepper’s Wife, from Provincial Freeman (1855)
• Patrick Brown’s First Love, from the Anglo-African Magazine (1859)
• Anecdotal: An Old and True Friend, from the Christian Recorder (1869)
• Octoroon Slave of Cuba - Thomas Detter (1871)
• The Wife of His Youth - Charles W. Chesnutt (1899)
• Bro’r Abr’m Jimson’s Wedding - Pauline E. Hopkins (1901)

• Nonfiction
• Whisper to a Wife, from Colored American (1837)
• The Intemperate Husband, from Colored American (1837)
• Tell Your Wife, from Pacific Appeal (1862)
• A Chapter for Young Husbands, from the Christian Recorder (1864)
• A Tin Wedding, from the Christian Recorder (1876)
• A Bereaved Wife, from the Christian Recorder (1880)

• Letters
• From Jane Stephens to Freedom’s Journal (1827)
• From James Stephens to Freedom’s Journal (1827)
• From George Pleasant to Agnes Hobbs (1833)
• From Marie Perkins to Husband (1852)
• From Abream Scriven to Wife (1858)
• From Harriet Newby to Dangerfield Newby (1859)
• From Harriet Newby to Dangerfield Newby (1859)
• From Ann to Husband (1864)
Autobiographical Accounts
• Jarena Lee, from Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee (1836)
• Lunsford Lane, from Narrative of Lunsford Lane (1848)
• Henry Bibb, from The Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb (1849)
• Josiah Henson, from Father Henson’s Story of His Own Life (1858)
• Noah Davis, from A Narrative of the Life of Rev. Noah Davis (1859)
• J. D. Green, from The Narrative of the Life of J. D. Green (1864)
• Elizabeth Keckley, from Behind the Scenes (1868)

• Lyrics
• Daughter’s Inquiry - Ann Plato (1841)
• Our Family Tree - Joseph Cephas Holly (1853)
• My Child, from Provincial Freeman (1855)
• Old Grimes’ Son, from Life of William Grimes (1855)
• The Home for Me, from the Christian Recorder (1872)
• The Lonely Mother - Fenton Johnson (1916)

• Fiction
• Charles and Clara Hayes - Mrs. Lucie S. Day (1853)
• Dialogue Between a Mother and Her Children on the
• Precious Stones – Mrs. Sarah Douglas (1859)
• The Voice of the Rich Pudding – Gertrude D[orsey] Browne (1907)

• Letters
• From John H. Rapier to His Son John (1857)
• From Parker Smith to “My dear Sir” (1861)
• From Rebecca Primus to Parents and Sister (1976)
• From Dave Waldro to Cousin (1867)
• Information Wanted, from the Christian Recorder (1864–1893)
• Information Wanted from the Christian Recorder, January 6, 1893 (1893)

• Nonfiction
• The Dying Bed of a Mother, from Colored American (1837)
• The Use of Grandmothers, from the Christian Recorder (1864)
• Aunt Jennie the Old Maid, from the Christian Recorder (1873)

• Autobiographical Accounts
• Samuel Ringgold Ward, from Autobiography of a Fugitive Negro (1855)
• Williams Grimes, from Life of William Grimes (1855)
• Thomas Jones, from Narrative of a Refugee Slave (1857)
• James Williams, from Life and Adventures of James Williams (1893)
• My Mother as I Recall Her, Rosetta Douglass Sprague (1900)
• Of the Passing of the First-Born, W. E. B. DuBois (1901)

• Suggestions for Further Reading

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