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.

I, Too, Sing America - Langston Hughes

Frederick Douglass' Letter to Ida B. Wells

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

Infographics of African-American Life, 1900 - W.E.B. Du Bois

Sojourner Truth, The Libyan Sybil - Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes
The House Behind The Cedars - Charles W. Chesnutt

Short Stories - Charles W. Chesnutt

Our Countrymen in Chains - John Greenleaf Whittier

Thirty Years a Slave - Louis Hughes

Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Short Stories - Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Civil War Stories Collection


Reference Documents

Emancipation Proclamation

Reconstruction Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

U.S. Bill of Rights

United States Declaration of Independence

United States Constitution

U.S. Bill of Rights

Amendments to the U.S. Constitution


Our Countrymen in Chains
Our Countrymen in Chains

Short Stories of Interest

Desiree's Baby - Kate Chopin

The Passing of Grandison - Charles W. Chesnutt

A Dark Brown Dog - Stephen Crane

Little Miss Sophie - Alice Dunbar-Nelson


Weapons of war we have cast from the battle:
Truth is our armor—our watchword is Love;
Hushed be the sword, and the musketry's rattle,
All our equipments are drawn from above.
Praise then the God of Truth,
Hoary age and ruddy youth.
Long may our rally be
Love, Light and Liberty;
Ever our banner the banner of Peace.
                    - Frederick Douglass, 1847

W.E.B. Du Bois Infographics of African-American Life, 1900

W.E.B. Du Bois, Infographics of African-American Life


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