In Her Own Right

Josiah White Papers

Date range 1797 – 1949
Creator White, Josiah (1781-1850)
Description This collection includes thirteen letters from abolitionist and educator Sarah Mapps Douglass to her friend Rebecca White, written between 1854 and Douglass's death in 1882. Letters describe Douglass's religious journey, her fondness for Rebecca, her own family history (with a particular focus on her mother and grandfather) and their attempts to confront racism, her time at Woman's Medical College, and the challenges of teaching.
Research interest Discovered only in the past fifteen years , these letters are very valuable. While Douglass was a leader in the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society, these letters are unique in providing her individual voice—particularly important for a movement that was for African Americans but for which the bulk of the extant documents come from white women. These letters, by contrast, offer an illuminating look at Douglass's activism and the challenges she faced, as well as the nature of an interracial friendship in the nineteenth-century US.
Size 10 lf
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Contributing institution Haverford College Library, Quaker & Special Collections
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