The North Carolina Roots of African American Literature: An Anthology / Edition 1

The North Carolina Roots of African American Literature: An Anthology / Edition 1

by William L. Andrews
     
 

The first African American to publish a book in the South, the author of the first female slave narrative in the United States, the father of black nationalism in America--these and other founders of African American literature have a surprising connection to one another: they all hailed from the state of North Carolina.

This collection of poetry, fiction,

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Overview

The first African American to publish a book in the South, the author of the first female slave narrative in the United States, the father of black nationalism in America--these and other founders of African American literature have a surprising connection to one another: they all hailed from the state of North Carolina.

This collection of poetry, fiction, autobiography, and essays showcases some of the best work of eight influential African American writers from North Carolina during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In his introduction, William L. Andrews explores the reasons why black North Carolinians made such a disproportionate contribution (in quantity and lasting quality) to African American literature as compared to what other southern states with larger African American populations produced. The authors in this anthology parlayed both the advantages and disadvantages of their North Carolina beginnings into sophisticated perspectives on the best and the worst of which humanity, in the South and the North, was capable. They created an African American literary tradition unrivaled by that of any other state in the South.

Writers included here are Charles W. Chesnutt, Anna Julia Cooper, David Bryant Fulton, George Moses Horton, Harriet Jacobs, Lunsford Lane, Moses Roper, and David Walker.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807829943
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/27/2006
Edition description:
1
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

George Moses Horton43
Texts by Horton49
David Walker69
Text by Walker74
Moses Roper89
Text by Roper95
Lunsford Lane
Text by Lane145
Harriet Jacobs171
Text by Jacobs178
Charles W. Chesnutt217
Texts by Chesnutt225
Anna Julia Cooper263
Text by Cooper269
David Bryant Fulton289
Texts by Fulton294

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