African-American Poetry of the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology / Edition 1

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No group of writers in any place or time has managed to surmount so many obstacles to produce a body of literature. This anthology, assembled by the foremost authority in the field, attests to their extraordinary courage and talent. It is a welcome companion to Sherman's pioneering study Invisible Poets.
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Chosen from the work of the unknown as well as the famous, 171 poems by 35 black men and women show poetic mastery of a great variety of subjects and styles, as well as a wide range of attitudes and poetic talents. Every poem has historical importance as a response to the African-American experience by black writers of the period from 1829 to 1900. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252062469
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
A Note to the Reader 15
George Moses Horton 17
Noah Calwell Cannon 38
Charles Lewis Reason 41
Ann Plato 50
Joshua McCarter Simpson 54
James Monroe Whitfield 71
Daniel Alexander Payne 94
Alfred Gibbs Campbell 102
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper 112
Joseph Cephas Holly 146
George Boyer Vashon 153
Elymas Payson Rogers 166
Adah Isaacs Menken 182
James Madison Bell 192
Charlotte L. Forten Grimke 211
Alfred Islay Walden 221
Albery Allson Whitman 236
Henrietta Cordelia Ray 265
John Willis Menard 282
Robert Charles O'Hara Benjamin 288
Timothy Thomas Fortune 293
James Edwin Campbell 306
Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr. 325
George Clinton Rowe 342
Josephine Delphine Henderson Heard 360
Daniel Webster Davis 365
Edward W. Williams 382
Paul Laurence Dunbar 386
George Marion McClellan 416
Eloise Alberta Veronica Bibb 434
Mary Weston Fordham 441
Frank Barbour Coffin 447
James Ephriam McGirt 456
Samuel Alfred Beadle 464
Priscilla Jane Thompson 472
Bibliography 484
Subject Index 500
Title and Poet Index 504
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