Blackamerican Literature, 1760-Present



Blackamerican Literature, 1760-Present

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"Blackamerican Literature, 1760-Present" . Comp. Ruth Miller. Beverly Hills, CA: Glencoe, 1971. xviii+774 pp.

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Table of contents

Foreword: John Hope Franklin -- Part One 1760-1808: Time line -- A narrative of the uncommon sufferings and surprizing deliverance of Briton Hammon, a Negro man / Briton Hammon -- A narrative of the life of John Marrant, of New York, in North America: with an account of the conversion of the King of the Cherokees and his daughter / John Marrant -- An evening thought, A dialogue entitled the kind master and the dutiful servant / Jupiter Hammon -- On being brought from Africa to America, An elegiac poem on the death of George Whitefield, Isaiah LXIII, 1-8, To S.M. a young painter, on seeing his works to his excellency General Washington / Phyllis Wheatley -- from The interesting narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African / Gustavus Vassa -- Letter to the Secretary of State / Benjamin Banneker -- A narrative of the proceedings of the colored people during the awful calamity in Philadelphia, in the year 1793; and a refutation of some censurees thrown upon them in some publications / Absalom Jones and Richard Allen -- A Thanksgiving sermon / Absalom Jones -- New Year's anthem / Michael Fortune.
Part Two 1809-1863: Time line -- The slave narrative -- from Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave, written by himself -- from Twenty-two years a slave, and forty years a freeman, embracing a correspondence of several years, while President of Wilberforce Colony, Canada West / Austin Steward -- from A narrative of some remarkable incidents in the life of Solomon Bayley, formerly a slave in the State of Delaware, North America; written by himself, and published for his benefit / Solomon Bayley -- from Narrative of the life of Henry "Box" Brown / Henry "Box" Brown -- from Narrative of the life and adventures of Henry Bibb written by himself / Henry Bibb -- from A narrative of the adventures and escape of Moses Roper, from American slavery / Moses Roper -- from Walker's appeal, in four articles / David Walker. -- An address to the slaves of the United States of America / Henry Highland Garnet -- The meaning of July fourth for the Negro / Frederick Douglass -- from Clotel or, The President's daughter, a narrative of slave life in the United States / William Wells Brown -- from The gairies and their friends / Frank J. Webb -- from Blake: or, The huts of America / Martin R. Delany -- Love, On liberty and slavery, George Moses Horton, myself / George Moses Horton -- The slave mother, Bury me in a free land, The present age / Frances Ellen Watkins Harper -- The misanthropist / James M. Whitfield.
Part Three,1864-1914: Time line -- folk poetry -- You may bury me in de eas', Nobody knows de trouble I see, My Lord, what a mornin', My way's cloudy, Steal away, Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, Deep river, No more auction block, I got a home in dat rock, I been rebuked and I been scorned, De ole sheep dey know de road, He never said a mumbaling word Oh, Mary, don't you weep, Slavery chain / Anonymous -- The folk sermon -- The wounds of Jesus / C.C. Lovelace -- Dry bones / Anonymous -- De sun do move / John J. Jasper -- Memorial Day oration / George Washington Williams -- from Up from slavery / Booker T. Washington -- from The souls of black folk / W.E. Burghardt DuBois -- The wife of his youth / Charles Chestnutt -- Sympathy, Speakin' at de cou'thouse, The old cabin, The turning of the babies in the bed, The haunted oak, We wear the mask / Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Part Four 1915-1939: Time line -- The new Negro / Alain Locke -- from The philosophy and opinions of Marcus Garvey or Africa for the Africans / Marcus Garvey -- from God's trombones / James Weldon Johnson -- If we must die, Baptism, America, The lynching, The tired worker, Romance, St. Isaac's church, Petrograd, The wild goat, Flame-heart / Claude McKay -- Yet do I marvel, Fruit of the flower, The litany of the dark people, From the dark tower, That bright chimeric beast, Scottsboro, too, is worth its song / Countee Cullen. -- When I die, The new day, Tired, The banjo player, The scarlet woman, Aunt Jane Allen, Rulers / Fenton Johnson -- Mojo Mike's beer garden, Cabaret, Robert Whitmore, Giles Johnson, Ph. D., Moses Mitchell, Christ is a Dixie Nigger, I sing no new songs / Frank Marshall Davis -- Sister Lou, Ma Rainey, When de saints go ma'ching home, Sporting beasley / Sterling A. Brown -- 'Cruiter / John Matheus -- from Cane / Jane Toomer -- from Black no more / George Schuyler -- Soul gone home / Langston Hughes -- Three choruses from a verse drama: divine comedy / Owen Dodson.
Part Five 1940-1963: Time line -- Down by the riverside / Richard Wright -- from Beetlecreek / William Demby -- from Invisible man / Ralph Ellison -- from Go tell it on the mountain / James Baldwin -- from Montage of a dream deferred / Langston Hughes -- Nocturne at Bethesda, A black man talks of reaping / Arna Bontemps -- Middle passage, Witch doctor, Baha'u'llah in the garden of Ridwan, Full moon, "From the corpse woodpiles, from the ashes" / Robert Hayden -- Far from Africa, Through the varied patterned lace / Margaret Danner -- We have been believers, Kissie Lee, October journey / Margaret Walker -- Dark symphony, African China, Lambda / Melvin B. Tolson -- A moment please, The mules of Caesar, Africa to me, There are no tears / Samuel Allen -- In the Mecca / Gwendolyn Brooks -- If there be sorrow ... and the old women gathered, Flames, Vive Noir! / Mari Evans -- The swimmer, Speculation / Gloria C. Oden -- from A different drummer / William Melvin Kelley -- from Trumbull Park / Frank London Brown -- from Pinktoes / Chester Himes -- Letter from Birmingham City Jail / Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Ghana calls / W.E. Burghardt DuBois.
Part Six 1964-Present: Time line -- from The autobiography of Malcolm X / Malcolm X -- Black power / Stokely Carmichael -- from Soul on ice / Eldridge Cleaver -- Day of absence / Douglas Turner Ward -- from The new black poetry / Clarence Major -- The distant drum / Calvin C. Hernton. -- Believe, believe, Heavy water blues, Night sung sailor's prayer / Bob Kaufman -- Keep on pushing / David Henderson -- A poem for black hearts, Three movements and a coda / LeRoi Jones -- Christmas morning i, when my uncle willie saw, Do not think / Carol Freeman -- The narrative of the black magiciansm, Kuntu / Larry Neal -- Testimonials, I. woman / Julia Fields -- Poem (No name no. 3), My poem / Nikki Giovanni.

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Commentary on anthology

• Includes a "selected bibliography (pp. 761-771) of primary and secondary sources for the study of Afro-American literature from early times to the present. Arranged in alphabetical order, Miller's bibliography lists writings by fifty-seven black authors (poets, essayists, dramatists, critics, writers of fiction, "et al".)" also includes a short listing of secondary sources, including "collections of slave narratives (six entries) and anthologies of black literature and criticism (thirty-three entries)" (Rowell 1972: 43-44).
• This is "the first anthology to give adequate representation to the earliest African-American literature, but instead of introductions to its six chronological parts Miller provides only chronologies of historical and literary events, most of them irrelevant. Brief headnotes and a bibliography are included" (Kinnamon 1997: 463).

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