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This crucial one-volume assortment brings jointly one of the most influential and important works by means of African-American writers of the 19th and 20th centuries. integrated herein are such classics as Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the lifetime of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (1845) and excerpts from W.E.B. DuBois’s The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Harriet A. Jacobs’s Incidents within the lifetime of a Slave woman: Written by way of Herself (1861), Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery (1901), and James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man (1912). even if learn as documents of African-American heritage, autobiography, or literature, those necessary texts stand as undying monuments to the braveness, mind, and dignity of these for whom writing itself was once an act of rebellion—and whose voices and studies may have another way been silenced forever.

Edited with an creation through Anthony Appiah, who explains the distinct American literary and cultural context of the time, this version of Early African-American Classics continues to be the traditional through which all related collections will necessarily be in comparison.

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