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The Frederick Douglass MEGAPACK ®

by Frederick Douglass

The Frederick Douglass Megapack provides a selection of the works of Frederick Douglas, including 2 autobiographies as well as essays, speeches, and slave narratives. Included are:

NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK...


In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do?

by Charles M. Sheldon

A religious novel focused on different episodes focused on individual characters and how their lives are transformed by the challenge presented to his congregation by Henry Maxwell, pastor of the First Church...


Exodus

by Bw Smith

In light of the atrocities that African-Americans are facing in the United States, imagine what would happen if they decided to leave!


Frances Harper

by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper & Mint Editions

Frances Harper: Poems, Prose, and Sketches (2021) is a collection of writing by Frances Harper. Harper, the first African American woman to publish a novel, gained a reputation as a popular poet and impassioned...


Violets and Other Tales

by Alice Dunbar Nelson & Mint Editions

Violets and Other Tales (1895) is a collection of stories and poems by Alice Dunbar Nelson. While working as a teacher in New Orleans, Dunbar Nelson published Violets and Other Tales through The Monthly Review...


The Essential Pauline E. Hopkins

by Pauline E. Hopkins & Mint Editions

The Essential Pauline E. Hopkins (2021) compiles several iconic works of fiction by a pioneering figure in American literature. Contending Forces was Hopkins? first major publication as a leading African American...


Wicked Enchantment

by Wanda Coleman & Terrance Hayes

ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST—The New York Times and Washington Post

A voice for justice, anti-racism, and equality—here is the greatest and most powerful work of the people’s poet, Wanda Coleman.

Coleman was...


LUCY NEGRO, REDUX

by Caroline Randall Williams & Paul Vasterling

"Part lyrical narrative, part bluesy riff, part schoolyard chant and part holy incantation" ? New York Times Lucy Negro, Redux, uses the lens of Shakespeare's "Dark Lady" sonnets to explore the way questions...


The Marrow of Tradition

by Charles W. Chesnutt

In this landmark tale, one of the great American novelists exposed the harsh dimensions of Southern prejudice during post?Reconstruction era. Charles W. Chesnutt traces the intertwined lives of two prominent...


The Marrow of Tradition

by Charles W. Chesnutt

In this landmark tale, one of the great American novelists exposed the harsh dimensions of Southern prejudice during post?Reconstruction era. Charles W. Chesnutt traces the intertwined lives of two prominent...


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself

by Angela Y. Davis & Frederick Douglass

This new edition, featuring essays by Angela Davis that focus on the importance political resistance and freedom struggle, will introduce Frederick Douglass’s Narrative to the Obama generation. Already a cornerstone...


Far Away from Close to Home

by Vanessa Baden Kelly

New & Noteworthy: The New York Times “Vivid and relatable. The writing is like Vanessa herself; funny, charming and brave.” —Mindy Kaling Through a series of extraordinary, incisive, often-humorous essays,...


Summary of The Vanishing Half

by Alexander Cooper

Summary of The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half, published in June 2020, is the second novel by author Brit Bennett. It became a New York Times bestseller and was selected as a Good Morning America Book Club...


Literary and Sociopolitical Writings of the Black Diaspora in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

by Kersuze Simeon-Jones

Literary and Sociopolitical Writings of the Black Diaspora in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries traces the historiography of literary and sociopolitical movements of the Black Diaspora in the writings of...


Cane

by Jean Toomer

First published in 1923, "Cane" is a novel by African-American novelist and poet Jean Toomer, an author of the Harlem Renaissance movement. Consisting of a multitude of disconnected vignettes, the novel casts...


The Complete Poems

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

First published in 1922, "The Complete Poems" of Paul Laurence Dunbar, a republication of his major poetry, is an attempt to reclaim Dunbar as a poet of permanent importance.

Once considered the leading African...


The Heart of Happy Hollow

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Published in 1904, "The Heart of Happy Hollow" by Paul Laurence Dunbar features sixteen short stories that provide rare glimpses into the lives of African Americans after the Civil War. 

Through characters ranging...


The Negro Problem

by Booker T. Washington

Seven essays, including the Law, Disfranchisement, Industrial Education, and the Negro's Place in American Life. 


Black Writers Matter

by Whitney French & Afua Cooper

"Black Writers? African, Bluesy, Classical, Disrespectful,  Erudite, Fiery, Groovy, Haunting, Inspiring, Jazzy, Knowing, Liberating, Militant, Nervy, Optimistic, Pugnacious, Quixotic, Rambunctious, Seductive,...


The Terrible Threes

by Ishmael Reed

In The Terrible Threes, Ishmael Reed proves that he is one of the most innovative voices in contemporary literature. This adventure into the world of offbeat humor and on-target social criticism is a vision...