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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

by Harriet Jacobs

Published in 1861, one of few extant slave narratives written by a woman. Powerful portrayal of the brutality of slave life through the inspiring tale of one woman's dauntless spirit and faith.


American Authors Reinventing Italy

by Sirpa Salenius

American Authors Reinventing Italy: The Writings of Exceptional Nineteenth-Century Women is a collection of scholarly papers that examine Italy in the writings of such American women as Margaret Fuller, Harriet...


The Heart of Happy Hollow

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Sixteen tales offer insights into the lives of African Americans after the Civil War, recounting the promise of northward migration, the horrors of lynching, and the complexity of relationships between former...


The Evil Behind the Law, Volume One: What Love Cannot Do, Prayer Will Do

by TCHINDA FABRICE MBUNA

Despite the Pains, Mistakes, and Sorrows, I can still see the American dream with my Foresight burning like a candle light in the dak?, I can still believe the dream with my Insight, that someday, by our Far-Sight...


Sacred Fire: The Qbr 100 Essential Black Books

by Max Rodriguez

"QBR's evolving canon is a splendid way to begin honoring black artists." -Charles Johnson, from the Foreword

"From critiques of W. E. B. Du Bois's Black Reconstruction in America to Alex Haley's Roots to Langston...


Frederick Douglass on Slavery and the Civil War: Selections from His Writings

by Frederick Douglass

Selections of speeches and writings from the great abolitionist and statesman, focusing on the slave trade, the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, suffrage for African-Americans, Southern reconstruction, and other...


Meaty: Essays by Samantha Irby, Creator of the Blog BitchesGottaEat

by Samantha Irby

Samantha Irby’s debut features narrative essays by a sex-obsessed dummy laughing her way through tacos, Crohn's disease, and ridiculous dudes.


Voices from the Block: A Legacy of African-American Literature

by Toyette Dowdell, Ann Fields & Bennye Johnson

A collection of unforgettable short stories, poems and essays from emerging and established writers, members of the Writer's Block. These original works are guaranteed to stroke your heart, mind and soul as...


Early Black American Writers

by Benjamin Brawley

Definitive anthology of important Black writers: Banneker, Douglass, Delany, many others. With extensive commentary.


The Marrow of Tradition

by Charles W. Chesnutt

A landmark in the history of African-American fiction, this gripping 1901 novel unfolds against the backdrop of the post-Reconstruction South, climaxing in a race riot based on an actual 1898 incident.


The Poems of Phillis Wheatley: With Letters and a Memoir

by Phillis Wheatley

At the age of 19, Phillis Wheatley was the first black American poet to publish a book. Her elegies and odes offer fascinating glimpses of the beginnings of African-American literary traditions.


Book of African-American Quotations

by Joslyn Pine

This original collection of quotations cites approximately 100 well-known African Americans from all walks of life, including Maya Angelou, Louis Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Julian Bond, George Washington Carver,...


Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil

by W. E. B. Du Bois

The distinguished American civil rights leader first published these fiery essays, sketches, and poems nearly 80 years ago in various periodicals. This volume has long inspired readers with its militant cry...


When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection

by Norman R. Yetman

More than 2,000 former slaves provide first-person accounts in blunt, simple language about their lives in bondage. Illuminating, often startling information about southern life before, during, and after the...


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass

Douglass's graphic depictions of slavery, harrowing escape to freedom, and life as a newspaper editor, eloquent orator, and impassioned abolitionist.


American Scriptures: An Anthology of Sacred Writings

by Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp

A groundbreaking collection of sacred Christian writings of American origin from Mormons, Shakers, Christian Scientists, and others.

"Scripture" is any work in which the authors, translators, editors, or discoverers...


Modeling Minority Women: Heroines in African and Asian American Fiction

by Reshmi J. Hebbar

This powerful study reconceptualizes ideas of ethnic literature while investigating the construction of ethnic heroines, shifting the focus away from cultural politics and considering instead narrative or poetic...


Conversations with Natasha Trethewey

by Joan Wylie Hall

United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (b. 1966) describes her mode as elegiac. Although the loss of her murdered mother informs each book, Trethewey's range of forms and subjects is wide. In compact...


How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

by Kiese Laymon

Author and essayist Kiese Laymon is one of the most unique, stirring, and powerful new voices in American social and cultural commentary. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is a collection of...


The Portable Charles W. Chesnutt

by Charles W. Chesnutt

A collection from one of our most influential African American writers

An icon of nineteenth-century American fiction, Charles W. Chesnutt, an incisive storyteller of the aftermath of slavery in the South, is...