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

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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 that of other southern states with larger African American populations. 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 both 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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Thoughtful, comprehensive and very readable. . . . Andrew's persuasive explanation of the importance of these North Carolina authors and his collection of their important works into this accessible volume is a gift."
— D.G. Martin, Chapel Hill News

"This important anthology shows that North Carolina produced a remarkable, indeed unmatched record of black authorship throughout the nineteenth century."
Lucinda H. MacKethan, North Carolina State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807856659
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/27/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

William L. Andrews is E. Maynard Adams Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author or editor of forty books, including North Carolina Slave Narratives: The Lives of Moses Roper, Lunsford Lane, Moses Grandy, and Thomas H. Jones.

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Table of Contents

George Moses Horton 43
Texts by Horton 49
David Walker 69
Text by Walker 74
Moses Roper 89
Text by Roper 95
Lunsford Lane
Text by Lane 145
Harriet Jacobs 171
Text by Jacobs 178
Charles W. Chesnutt 217
Texts by Chesnutt 225
Anna Julia Cooper 263
Text by Cooper 269
David Bryant Fulton 289
Texts by Fulton 294
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