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The Negro

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W. E. B. Du Bois


Nevertheless, I have not been able to withstand the temptation to essay such short general statement of the main known facts and their fair …

The Uncalled

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Paul Laurence Dunbar


Orphaned Freddie Brent ends up adopted by an old local Christian lady who knows nothing about raising a child. And matters are worsened by h…

Finding a Way Out: An Autobiography

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Robert R. Moton


He says about this work: "I have tried to record the events that have given character and colour to my own life, and at the same time t…

The Love of Landry

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Paul Laurence Dunbar


The Love of Landry is one of Dunbar's four novels, and one of three that are about white people. In this case, the story is about the recupe…

The Forged Note: A Romance of the Darker Races

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Oscar Micheaux


This novel investigates the black urban community of the early twentieth century, highlighting the base degradation and violence there. But …

William The Outlaw (Abridged)

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Richmal Crompton


This 1927 abridged book contains seven of the ten hilarious adventures by the world's most misunderstood eleven-year-old English boy. - Summ…

True Love: A Story of English Domestic Life

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Sarah Farro


The author is aware that she is entering a field which has been diligently cultivated by the best minds in Europe and America. Her design in…

The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories

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Alice Dunbar Nelson


These stories focus on the Creole society of New Orleans and in the process reveals issues facing black Americans at the end of the nineteen…

The Primitive

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Chester Himes


A nerve-twisting novel of passion and destruction (Summary by a literary critic)

Walker's Appeal

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David Walker


The Appeal grabbed readers’ attention in as dramatic a manner as Walker could have possibly imagined. In her book, Maria W. Stewart and the …

Prejudices, Second Series

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H. L. Mencken


Mencken is famous for his sometimes-savage attacks on almost everything humans can in their stupidity and priggishness and prejudice conjure…

The Dunbar Speaker and Entertainer

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Alice Dunbar Nelson


Ms. Pinckney says in her "Forward" to this book the following: "It is against this background of the world need that Mrs. Ali…

Discoveries: Essays in Literary Criticism

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John Middleton Murry


Introductory Note: I have called these essays and lectures by a title that some people may think presumptuous: first, because it is the titl…

Fact Stranger than Fiction

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John Patterson Green


I desire, to place before the colored youth, of my class, another concrete proof of the fact that, even in the United States, where the hand…

Charles Sumner, The Scholar in Politics

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Archibald Grimké


In the two volumes assigned to him in the American Reformer Series, viz., the "Life of William Lloyd Garrison, the Abolitionist," …

Whitman: An Interpretation in Narrative

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Emory Holloway


"You want to know in a word the sum total of my life philosophy as I have tried to live it and as I have tried to put it in my book. I …

Historical Romance of the American Negro

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Charles H. Fowler


It was not long before the fame of the colored soldiers of America was wafted over the whole world and everywhere received by all lovers of …

Scarlet Sister Mary

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Julia Peterkin


How did 1929 Pulitzer winner and white plantation mistress Julia Peterkin become a favorite of the Harlem Renaissance? According to W.E.B. D…

Black No More

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George Schuyler


Being an account of the strange and wonderful workings of science in the land of the free, A.D. 1933-1940. (Summary by author)

The Heart of Happy Hollow

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Paul Laurence Dunbar


Happy Hollow; are you wondering where it is? Wherever Negroes colonise in the cities or villages, north or south, wherever the hod carrier, …

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