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This essential one-volume collection brings together some of the most influential and significant works by African-American writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Included herein are such classics as Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (1845) and excerpts from W.E.B. DuBois’s The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Harrie This essential one-volume collection brings together some of the most influential and significant works by African-American writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Included herein are such classics as Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life 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 in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself (1861), Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery (1901), and James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man (1912). Whether read as records of African-American history, autobiography, or literature, these invaluable texts stand as timeless monuments to the courage, intellect, and dignity of those for whom writing itself was an act of rebellion—and whose voices and experiences would have otherwise been silenced forever. Edited with an introduction by Anthony Appiah, who explains the distinctive American literary and cultural context of the time, this edition of Early African-American Classics remains the standard by which all similar collections will inevitably be compared.


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This essential one-volume collection brings together some of the most influential and significant works by African-American writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Included herein are such classics as Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (1845) and excerpts from W.E.B. DuBois’s The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Harrie This essential one-volume collection brings together some of the most influential and significant works by African-American writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Included herein are such classics as Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life 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 in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself (1861), Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery (1901), and James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man (1912). Whether read as records of African-American history, autobiography, or literature, these invaluable texts stand as timeless monuments to the courage, intellect, and dignity of those for whom writing itself was an act of rebellion—and whose voices and experiences would have otherwise been silenced forever. Edited with an introduction by Anthony Appiah, who explains the distinctive American literary and cultural context of the time, this edition of Early African-American Classics remains the standard by which all similar collections will inevitably be compared.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Nisha Sharma

    I never felt the misery of a slave as much as i did through this book.. I was so engrossed and absorbed in the narrative that I suffered through their sufferings and rejoiced with their freedom.. I felt their pain with each lash that was inflicted on their innocent bodies, scarring their minds and crushing their souls, inflicting a wound so deep that it scarred generations and shamed the man who inflicted them to eternal inferno. I weeped with the mothers whose children were not theirs but commo I never felt the misery of a slave as much as i did through this book.. I was so engrossed and absorbed in the narrative that I suffered through their sufferings and rejoiced with their freedom.. I felt their pain with each lash that was inflicted on their innocent bodies, scarring their minds and crushing their souls, inflicting a wound so deep that it scarred generations and shamed the man who inflicted them to eternal inferno. I weeped with the mothers whose children were not theirs but commodities born in slavery, to be sold off as and when the 'massa' deemed fit. Women being raped, men being subjected to unimaginable humiliations, children being robbed of their childhood, old 'slaves' being left to die, ruthless murders and indiscriminate bloodshed.. This book made me realise how much we take the most important things in life for granted and worry about the things that hold least importance in the larger scheme of things.. May humanity never stoop down as low as the white man did in crushing the souls of his own brethren..

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