This crucial one-volume assortment brings jointly probably the most influential and critical works through African-American writers of the 19th and 20th centuries. incorporated herein are such classics as Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the lifetime of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (1845) and excerpts from W.E.B. DuBois’s The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Harriet A. Jacobs’s Incidents within the lifetime of a Slave lady: Written through Herself (1861), Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery (1901), and James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man (1912). even if learn as files of African-American heritage, autobiography, or literature, those useful texts stand as undying monuments to the braveness, mind, and dignity of these for whom writing itself was once an act of rebellion—and whose voices and stories could have differently been silenced forever.

Edited with an creation via Anthony Appiah, who explains the exact American literary and cultural context of the time, this version of Early African-American Classics continues to be the traditional through which all related collections will necessarily be in comparison.

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