African American Library
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").
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
Short Stories - Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Historically Relevant Documents
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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