Early African-American Classics



Early African-American Classics

This edition

"Early African-American Classics" . Ed. Anthony Appiah. New York: Bantam, 1990. xiv+574 pp.

Other editions, reprints, and translations

• Repr. New York: Bantam Classics, 2008. xxvii+670 pp.

Table of contents

Prologue, a selection from The souls of Black folk / by W.E.B. Du Bois -- Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave / by Frederick Douglass -- Selections from Incidents in the life of a slave girl / by Harriet A. Jacobs -- Selections from Up from slavery / by Booker T. Washington -- Selections from the autobiography of an ex-coloured man / by James Weldon Johnson.
"In his provocative introductory essay, Anthony Appiah explores the roots of African-American literature. He points out that writing itself was an act of rebellion for a population that assumed to be illiterate, and explains the distinctive American literary and cultural context of the time, without which these works cannot be fully understood" (publisher's description; WorldCat).

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