African American writing traces its roots back to the late 18th century writers such as Phillis Wheatley. Slave narratives and the Harlem Renaissance were early high points in the historic genre. African American literature has always had its own unique perspectives in exploring themes and issues around the role of African Americans within the whole of American society. Today, African American writers have reached best-selling and award winning status and are considered amongst the greatest of American literature.
Octavia V. Rogers Albert
• The House of Bondage: Electronic edition of the book.
• Biography: The life and works of Angelou.
• Global Renaissance Woman: The official Maya Angelou website.
• Biography: James Baldwin life and times.
• An Appreciation: A substantial look at James Baldwin, the man and his works.
• Biography: A look at Gwendolyn Bennett’s life and works.
• Criticism: Reviews of Bennett’s works.
• Biography: Sterling Allen Brown (1901-1989)
• A Literary Tribute: Brown’s life and works.
• Biography: Historical contexts, biography and literary career.
• Chesnutt Literary Web: Chesnutt’s short stories, journals, essays and other works online.
• Biography: A biography of the life of Frederick Douglass.
• Douglass Online Resources: Douglass manuscripts, photographs and books.
• Biography: A brief biography of Rita Dove.
• Dove, American Poet and Writer: Biography, analysis and bibliography of her works.
W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois
• Biography: A biographical sketch of W.E.B. Du Bois
• Biography: Rudolph Fisher (May 9, 1897 – December 26, 1934)
• The Black Renaissance: Rudolf Fisher in Washington, DC and a bibliography of his works.
• Biography: Langston Hughes, African-American writer, poet and Kansan.
• Langston Hughes Resources: His works, bibliography including articles on Hughes by other authors.
Zora Neale Hurston
• Biography: Her official site with biography and information about her works.
• Zora: The website about her festival and her community activism.
James Weldon Johnson
• Biography: Life and times of James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)
• James Weldon Johnson: Foundation carrying on Johnson’s beliefs and activism.
• Biography: From slave to dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln.
• 30 Year Slave: Tells of Keckley’s time as a slave and offers teaching materials for the classroom.
• Biography: Nella Larsen was a mixed race novelist of the Harlem Renaissance.
• Nella Larsen(1893-1964): Her life and works.
• Biography: Festus Claudius McKay, pseudonym Eli Edwards
• Harlem Shadows: The Poems of Claude McKay
• Biography: Anne Spencer, poet and civil rights activist
• Anne Spencer Museum: Her house and garden, photo gallery, and her works.
• Biography: Jean Toomer (1894-1967), his works, his life and work with the social classes.
• The Jean Toomer Pages: Who was Jean Toomer? Get the answers.
Booker T. Washington
• Biography: Booker T. Washington, black educator and dominant figure in black public affairs.
• Legends of Tuskegee: Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee.
• Biography: Phillis Wheatley, first black poet in America to publish a book.
• Poet, Phillis Wheatley: About her works and life.
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