Brief History of African-American Literature. Part 1. Slave Narratives

African American literature is characterized by writers of African descent. Different forms of African-American literature came about as early as before the Civil War. The first known African-American piece was written by Lucy Terry and was titled “Bars Fights.” This ballad was written in 1746 after an Indian attack on Deerfield, Massachusetts, where Terry was…
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Brief History of African American Literature. Part 2. The Harlem Renaissance

Post-slavery, African-American authors wrote about the conditions of African Americans in the United States. African-American newspapers were popular venues for essays, poetry, fiction, and journalism. Authors like W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, and others were known for their literary contribution during this time period. However, in the South, the former slaves’ dreams…
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