African American Library

I Have a Dream
Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering "I Have a Dream"
This page lists the literary works in the American Literature library that are particularly relevant to African-American Studies. Works here are either by African-American authors, civil rights leaders, or are works of literature like Uncle Tom's Cabin, which are directly relevant to African-American Studies. The reference to Stephen Crane's short story A Dark Brown Dog is included due to the symbolism in the story that is representative of the Jim Crow south during reconstruction (the dog represents the emancipated slaves, the child in the new generation of white southerners, the father embodies "Jim Crow").
Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass

Twelve Years a Slave - Solomon Northup

A Narrative on the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave - Frederick Douglass

Abolition Fanaticism in New York - Frederick Douglass

Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln - Frederick Douglass

I Have a Dream - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Up From Slavery: An Autobiography - Booker T. Washinton

The Fruits of Industrial Training - Booker T. Washinton

The Souls of Black Folk - W.E.B. Du Bois

Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly - Harriet Beecher Stowe

Sojourner Truth, The Libyan Sybil - Harriet Beecher Stowe

The House Behind The Cedars - Charles W. Chesnutt

Short Stories - Charles W. Chesnutt

Thirty Years a Slave - Louis Hughes

Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Short Stories - Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Historically Relevant Documents

Emancipation Proclamation

Short Stories of Interest

Desiree's Baby - Kate Chopin

The Passing of Grandison - Charles W. Chesnutt

A Dark Brown Dog - Stephen Crane

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