Paul Lauter is the Smith Professor of Literature at Trinity College. He has served as president of the American Studies Association and is a major figure in the revision of the American literary canon.
Richard Yarborough is Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of California-Los Angeles. His work focuses on African American literature and on the construction of race in U.S. culture. He directs the University Press of New England's Library of Black Literature series.
John Alberti teaches at Northern Kentucky University and has a Ph.D. in American literature from UCLA. His main area of research is multicultural American literature and culture.
Mary Pat Brady teaches U.S. Literature. She has written extensively on contemporary U.S. Latino literature.
Dr. Bryer is an expert on F. Scott Fitzgerald and is president of the International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. He was an editor of DEAR SCOTT, DEAREST ZELDA: THE LOVE LETTERS OF F. SCOTT AND ZELDA FITZGERALD (Macmillan).
Preface. LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY: 1865-1910. Nation, Regions, Borders. African-American Folktales. Animal Tales. When Brer Deer and Brer Terrapin Runned a Race. Why Mr. Dog Runs Brer Rabbit. How Sandy Got His Meat. Who Ate Up the Butter? Fox and Rabbit in the Well. The Signifying Monkey. Memories of Slavery. Malitis. The Flying Africans. Conjure Stories. Two Tales from Eatonville, Florida. John and Old Marster. Master Disguised. The Diviner. Massa and the Bear. Baby in the Crib. John Steals a Pig and a Sheep. Talking Bones. Old Boss Wants into Heaven. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) (1835-1910). Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog. from Roughing It, Chapter XLVIII: Buck Fanshawe's Funeral; A True Story. The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg. from The Autobiography of Mark Twain. Chapter 4. As Regards Patriotism. The War Prayer. [Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is available in a Riverside Edition.] Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908). from Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings, Chapter II: The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story; Chapter IV: How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Sharp for Mr. Fox. from Free Joe, and Other Georgian Sketches: Free Joe and the Rest of the World. Charles Waddell Chesnutt (1858-1932). What is a White Man? The Goophered Grapevine. Po' Sandy. The Passing of Grandison. The Wife of His Youth. Cluster: Aesthetics. Henry James (1843-1916). Review: Waiting for the Verdict. William Dean Howells (1837-1920). from Criticism and Fiction. Jack London (1876-1916) from The Terrible and the Tragic. Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909). To Annie Field, Oct. 12, 1890. Charles Waddell Chesnutt (1858-1932) from Journal. Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859-1930). Preface Contending Forces. George Santayana (1863-1952) from The Sense of Beauty. Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). from Lyrics of Lowly Life: Frederick Douglass. We Wear the Mask. When Malindy Sings. Sympathy. Prometheus. The Lynching of Jube Benson. Ghost Dance Songs. Alexander Lawrence Posey (1873-1908). Ode to Sequoyah. Hotgun on the Death of Yadeka Harjo. Fus Fixicos Letter Number 44. Fus Fixicos Letter Number 45. Fus Fixicos Letter Number 46. John Milton Oskison (1874-1947). The Problem of Old Harjo. Sheaf: A Latino Chorus for Social Change. Raphael Serra (1858-1909). from Nuestro Periodico / Our Newspaper. from Sin justicia no hay union / Without Justice There is No Unity. Luisa Capetillo (1879-1922). from Anarchismo y Espiritismo / Anarchy and Spiritualism. from Situacion del trabajador puertorriqueno / The situation of the Puerto Rican Worker. Sara Estela Ramirez (1881-1910). 21 de marzo / March 21st. Anonymous. Collaboration / Collaboration. from Plan de San Diego (in English). Corridos. Kiansis I. Kansas I. Gregorio Cortez. Jacinto Trevino / Jacinto Trevino. Hijo Desobediente / The Disobedient Son. Recordiando al Presidente / Remembering the President. Corrido de Cesar Chávez / Ballad of Cesar Chávez. William Dean Howells (1837-1920). from The Editor's Study. Letters to the Editor of the New York Tribune. Mary E. Wilkins' Short Stories. from Criticism and Fiction. Paul Laurence Dunbar. Mr. Charles W. Chesnutt's Stories. Editha. Henry James (1843-1916). Daisy Miller: A Study. The Art of Fiction. The Beast in the Jungle. Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?). Chickamauga. Hamlin Garland (1860-1940). Up the Coulee. New Orleans and America. George Washington Cable (1844-1925). 'Tite Poulette. Grace King (1852-1932). The Little Convent Girl. Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935). from The Goodness of St. Rocque. Sister Josepha. The Praline Woman. Mr. Baptiste. Kate Chopin (1851-1904). Desiree's' Baby. The Storm. The Story of an Hour. The Awakening. Stephen Crane (1871-1900). The Open Boat. The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky. from The Black Riders and Other Lines. God Lay Dead in Heaven. from War Is Kind: Do Not Weep. Maiden, For War Is Kind. The Impact of a Dollar Upon the Heart. A Man Said to the Universe. A Newspaper Is a Collection of Half-Injustices. There Was A Man with Tongue of Wood. from Uncollected Poems. Chant You Loud of Punishments. Jack London (1876-1916). South of the Slot. Koolou the Leper. Cluster: America in the World/The World in America. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936). The White Man's Burden. Anonymous. We've taken up the white man's burden. Anna Manning Comfort (1845-1931). Home Burdens of Uncle Sam. from Chicago Republic. Buster Brown in a New Role. Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932). from The Marrow of Tradition. The Women's Auxiliary of the Anti-Imperialist League. Women Make an Appeal in Behalf of the Foundation Principles of the Republic. Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835-1910). from The Person Sitting in Darkness. Emma Lazarus (1849-1887). The New Colossus. Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907). Unguarded Gates. Sheaf: Filipino and Filipina Writing. Sixto Lopez (unknown dates). The Philippine Problem: A Proposition for a Solution. Maria Guadalupe Gutierrez Quintero de Joseph (unknown dates). American and Filipino Women. The Filipino Students Magazine. Who were the Original Dog-Eaters? Manuel Quezon (1878-1944). The Philippines--What They Are and What They Would Be. Maximo M. Kalaw (unknown dates). from The Case for the Filipinos. from Self Government in the Philippines. Emma Serapta Yule (unknown dates). The Woman Question in the Philippines. Critical Visions of Postbellum America. Standing Bear (Ponca) (1829-1908). What I Am Going to Tell You Here Will Take Me Until Dark. Charles Alexander Eastman (Sioux) (1858-1939). from The Soul of the Indian, Chapter I: The Great Mystery; from The Deep Woods to Civilization; Chapter VII: The Ghost Dance War. Sarah Winnemucca (Thocmetony) (c. 1844-1891). from Life Among the Piute, Chapter I: First Meeting of Piutes and Whites. Marietta Holley (Josiah Allen's Wife) (1836-1926). from Samantha Among the Brethren, Chapter XIX. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911). Aunt Chloe's Politics. Learning to Read. The Martyr of Alabama. A Double Standard, Songs for the People. Woman's Political Future. Anna Julia Cooper (1858?-1964). from A Voice from the South, Chapter XXX: Our Raison D'Etre. Woman versus the Indian. Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935). The Yellow Wallpaper. Turned. "Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper". Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936). The Wanderers. The Popularity of Firemen. The Piano in the Parlor. Immigration. Upton Sinclair (1878-1968). The Jungle, from Chapter II; from Chapter II; from Chapter IX; from Chapter XII; from Chapter XII; from Chapter XIV. Henry Adams (1838-1918). from Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres, Chapter VI: The Virgin of Chartres. from The Education of Henry Adams, Chapter XXV: The Dynamo and the Virgin. Developments in Women's Writing. Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt (1836-1919). Hearing the Battle. Giving Back the Flower. Shapes of a Soul. The Funeral of a Doll. The Palace-Burner. Her Blindness in Grief. We Two. The Witch in the Glass. Julia A. J. Foote (1823-1900). from A Brand Plucked from the Fire, Chapter XVII: My Call to Preach the Gospel; Chapter XIX: Public Effort-Excommunication; Chapter XX: Women in the Gospel. Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888). My Contraband. Harriet Prescott Spofford (1835-1921). Circumstance. Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840-1894). Miss Grief. Maria Ruiz de Burton (1832-1895). from The Squatter and the Don, Chapter 5: The Don in His Broad Acres. Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909). A White Heron. The Foreigne. Martha's Lady. Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930). A New England Nun. The Revolt of Mother. Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859-1930). from Contending Forces, Chapter VIII: The Sewing Circle; Chapter XIV: Luke Sawyer Speaks. Talma Gordon. A Sheaf of Poetry by Late-Nineteenth-Century American Women. Adah Menken (1835?-1868). Judith. Celia Thaxter (1835-1894). In Kittery Churchyard. Wherefore. Two Sonnets. Louise Chandler Moulton (1855-1900). A Girl's Funeral in Milan. Laus Veneris. Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919). Her Prayer. Illusion. Goddess of Liberty, Answer. Edith Thomas (1854-1925). The Torches of Dawn. The Deep Sea Pearl. Frost To-night. To Walk Invisible. Lizette Woodworth Reese (1856-1935). Early September. Telling the Bees. Drought. White Flags. Emily. Spring Ecstasy. Crows. Sophie Jewett (1861-1909). Entre Nous. Armistice. I Speak Your Name. E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake) (1861-1913). The Camper. The Corn Husker. The Indian Corn Planter. Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920). Hylas. Monochrome. Charista Musing. Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863-1953). The Wood-Chopper to His Ax. The Cross and the Pagan. Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935). I Sit and Sew. You! Inez! The Proletariat Speaks. A Sheaf within a Sheaf: Poems from the 1890s. Florence Earle Coates (1850-1927). Longing. Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930). Love and the Witches. Ella Higginson (1862-1940). In a Valley of Peace. Eleanor B. Caldwell (fl. 1890). Creation. Anne Throop (fl. 1890). The Sinner. Ethel Balton (fl. 1890). An Impressionist Picture. Maude Caldwell Perry (1973-1963). Summer Died Last Night. Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn (1876-1959). Behold the Lilies. The Making of "Americans". Cluster: E Pluribus Unum--All in the Family. Henry Adams (1838-1918). from Democracy. Henry W. Grady (1851-1889). The New South. Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931). from A Red Record. Plessy v. Ferguson 1896. Dawes Severalty Act 1887. The Chinese Exclusion Act 1882. Thomas Nast (1840-1902). E Pluribus Unum (Except the Chinese). One Named Xu, from Xiangshan, Consoling Himself. Poem 27. Poem 41. Edith Maud Eaton (Sui-Sin Far) (1865-1914). Leaves from the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasian. from Mrs. Spring Fragrance, In the Land of the Free. The Wisdom of the New. Onoto Watanna (Winifred Eaton) (1875-1954). A Half-Caste. Abraham Cahan (1860-1951). from The Imported Bridegroom. Cluster: Religion. Sanford F. Bennett (1838-1898). In the Sweet Bye and Bye. Joe Hill (1879-1915). The Preacher and the Slave. The Rev. Billy Sunday (1862-1935). from A sermon preached in Decatur, Illinois. James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938). from The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. Charles Sheldon (1857-1946). from In His Steps. Edward Bellamy (1850-1898). from Looking Backwards. Gertrude Bonnin Zitkala-Sa (1876-1938). Why I Am a Pagan. Frances E.W. Harper (1825-1911). Christ's Entry into Jerusalem. Emma Lazarus (1849-1887). The Choice. Thomas Huxley (1825-1895). Agnosticism and Christianity. Mary Austin (1868-1934). from Earth Horizon: Chapter III. Gertrude Bonnin (Zitkala-Sa)(Sioux) (1876-1938). from The School Days of an Indian Girl, Chapter I: The Land of Red Apples; Chapter II: The Cutting of My Long Hair; Chapter III: The Snow Episode; Chapter VI: Four Strange Summers; Chapter VII: Incurring My Mother's Displeasure. Mary Antin (1881-1949). from The Promised Land, Chapter IX. Yone Noguci (1875-1947). I Hail Myself as I do Homer. O Hana San. The Lotus Worshippers. from Japanese Hokkus (#s 12, 16, 36, 71). from American Diary of a Japanese Girl. Jose Marti (1853-1895). Our America. Acknowledgments. Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines.