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              African American Library

              I Have a Dream
              Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream"

              This page highlights literary works in the American Literature library by prominent African American authors, such as Langston Hughes and civil rights leaders who advanced abolition, such as Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. Stephen Crane's short story A Dark Brown Dog is included due to its symbolism during Reconstruction (the dog represents emancipated slaves, the child is the new generation of white Southerners, the father is Jim Crow).

              Frederick Douglass
              Frederick Douglass

              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

              Phillis Wheatley: First Female African American published poet
              Phillis Wheatley

              Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln - Frederick Douglass

              I Have a Dream - Martin Luther King, Jr.

              I, Too, Sing America - Langston Hughes

              First published African American woman poet - Phillis Wheatley

              Frederick Douglass' Letter to Ida B. Wells

              Up From Slavery: An Autobiography - Booker T. Washinton

              The Fruits of Industrial Training - Booker T. Washinton

              Sojourner Truth, 1870
              Sojourner Truth

              The Souls of Black Folk - W.E.B. Du Bois

              Infographics of African-American Life, 1900 - W.E.B. Du Bois

              The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavas Vassa, The African

              Sojourner Truth, The Libyan Sybil - Harriet Beecher Stowe

              Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly - Harriet Beecher Stowe

              The 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

              Langston Hughes
              Langston Hughes

              Abolitionist verses for America - My Country, 'Tis of Thee - A.G. Duncan

              Short Stories - Alice Dunbar-Nelson

              Short Stories - Paul Laurence Dunbar

              Civil War Stories Collection

              Alice Dunbar-Nelson
              Alice Dunbar-Nelson

              Reference Documents

              Emancipation Proclamation

              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

              Our Countrymen in Chains
              Our Countrymen in Chains

              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

              Poker! - Nora Zeale Hurston

              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, 1900

              W.E.B. Du Bois, Infographics of African-American Life

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