African American Library
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.
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 StoweThe 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
Abolitionist verses for America - My Country, 'Tis of Thee - A.G. Duncan
Short Stories - Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Civil War Stories Collection
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
On Civil Disobedience - Henry David Thoreau
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
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