Early Black American Writers

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From the earliest published work in 1761 through the Civil War years, this informative anthology provides a valuable overview of Black literature during the period. Varying in background and skill, from self-taught slave to college-trained professor, the writers of this collection were among the most important early shapers of Black American culture: Banneker, Douglass, Delany, many others.
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Overview


From the earliest published work in 1761 through the Civil War years, this informative anthology provides a valuable overview of Black literature during the period. Varying in background and skill, from self-taught slave to college-trained professor, the writers of this collection were among the most important early shapers of Black American culture: Banneker, Douglass, Delany, many others.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780486226231
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Series: Black Rediscovery Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION ..
JUPITER HAMMON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
An Evening Thought: Salvation by Christ. . . . . . . . . ..
A Dialogue Intitled The Kind Master and the Dutiful Servant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 
PHILLIS WHEATLEY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
To the University of Cambridge, in New England. . .. 
On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield. . . .. 
To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth,
His Majesty's Secretary of State for North America 
An Hymn to the Morning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
An Hymn to the Evening. ........ ... . . . . . . .. 
On Imagination ....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 
Niobe in Distress for her Children Slain by Apollo. . . .. 
To S. M., a Young African Painter, on Seeing his Works 
His Excellency General Washington. . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
Liberty and Peace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. ........ . .. 
GUSTAVUS YASSA ........................... 
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Oloudah
Equiano, or Gustavus Yassa (selection) . 
BENJAMIN BANNEKER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
Letter to the Secretary of State. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
A Plan of Peace-Office for the United States. . . . . . 
RICHARD ALLEN AND ABSALOM JONES. . . . . . . . . . . 
 A Narrative of the Proceedings of the Black People during the Late Awful Calamity in Philadelphia (selections)
PRINCE HALL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A Charge Delivered to the African Lodge at Menotomy, Mass. . ........ 
PETER WILLIAMS ............................... 
A Discourse Delivered on the Death of Captain Paul Cuffe ...............................
GEORGE M. HORTON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 
 On Liberty and Slavery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 
 The Slave's Complaint. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
 On Hearing of the Intention of a Gentleman to Purchase the Poet's Freedom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
On Spring .................................. 
 Love. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 
 On the Truth of the Saviour. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
George Moses Horton, Myself ....................
DAVID WALKER ................................
Appeal (selections) ............................
DANIEL A. PAYNE ............................... 
 The Mournful Lute, or The Preceptor's Farewell .... 
 Poem Composed for the Soiree of the Vigilant Committee of Philadelphia ...................
JOSIAH HENSON ................................. 
Truth Stranger than Fiction (selection) ............ 
WILLIAM WELLS BROWN .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 
Visit of a Fugitive Slave to the Grave of Wilberforce. ..
FREDERICK DOUGLASS .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 
 My Bondage and my Freedom (selections) ..........
American Slavery (selection).................... 
 What the Black Man Wants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
MARTIN R. DELANY .... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States, Politically Considered (selections) ..................... 
JAMES M. WHITFIELD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
 America .................................... 
 How Long? ................................. 
 Prayer of the Oppressed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
The Misanthropist ............................ 
 Lines on the Death of John Quincy Adams. . . . . . . . .. 
 The North Star .............................. 
CHARLES L. REASON
Freedom .....
The Spirit Voice.
GEORGE B. VASHON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 
Vincent Oge ...............................
A Life-Day .................................
JAMES MADISON BELL ............................ 
The Day and the War (selection) ................ 
 Emancipation in the District of Columbia. . . . . . . . . . ..
FRANCES E. W. HARPER ......................... .
Bury Me in a Free Land. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
Ethiopia ....................................
Vashti. . . . . . . . ...........................
President Lincoln's Proclamation of Freedom. . . . . . ..
Fifteenth Amendment .........................
ALEXANDER CRUMMELL ..........................
Hope for Africa (selection) ...................... 
 
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