Life in the Sea Islands, by Charlotte Forten

Atlantic Monthly for May.  “Life in the Sea Islands” is a sketch from South Carolina, by a young lady of African blood, well known to many of our readers.  There can be no mistake in attributing it to Miss Charlotte L. Forten, a graduate of the State Normal School in Salem, and subsequently an esteemed teacher in the Epes School in that city.   John G. Whittier introduces the article by the subjoined note to the editore of the Atlantic Monthly  —

“The following graceful and picturesque description of the new condition of things on the Sea Islands of South Carolina, originally written for private perusal, seems to me worthy of a place in the “Atlantic”.  Its young author  — herself akin to the long-suffering Exodus she so pleasantly describes  — it still engaged in her labor of love on St.  Helena Island.   J.G. W..”

              (Liberator, 1864, May 13, pg 2)