Black History Month | Write It! Day 10 | Notes from a Colored Girl: the Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis by Karsonya Wise Whitehead

With the 'Notes from a Colored Girl: the Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis' we are given a first hand look into the life of a 21 year old free woman of color in 19th century Philadelphia. The diaries and the accompanied research by Professor Whitehead make for an amazing read.

Official Summary: 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 place in Philadelphia's free black community in the nineteenth century.


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