African-American Poetry: An Anthology, 1773-1927

African-American Poetry: An Anthology, 1773-1927

by Joan R. Sherman (Editor)


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In the 19th century, abolitionist and African-American periodicals printed thousands of poems by black men and women on such topics as bondage and freedom, hatred and discrimination, racial identity and racial solidarity, along with dialect verse that mythologized the Southern past. Early in the 20th century, black poets celebrated race consciousness in propagandistic and protest poetry, while World War I helped engender the outpouring of African-American creativity known as the "Harlem Renaissance."
The present volume spans this wealth of material, ranging from the religious and moral verse of Phillis Wheatley Peters (ca. 1753–1784) to the 20th-century sensibilities of Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. Also here are works by George Moses Horton, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Alberry Alston Whitman, Henrietta Cordelia Ray, Daniel Webster Davis, Mary Weston Fordham, James Weldon Johnson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and many more.
Attractive and inexpensive, this carefully chosen collection offers unparalleled insight into the hearts and minds of African-Americans. It will be welcomed by students of the black experience in America and any lover of fine poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486296043
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 07/07/1997
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 169,903
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 11 Years

Table of Contents

Phillis Wheatley Peters
On Being Brought From Africa to America
An Hymn to the Evening
George Moses Horton
Liberty and Slavery
Early Affection
Troubled with the Itch and Rubbing with Sulphur
Imploring to Be Resigned at Death
"George Moses Horton, Myself"
Joshua McCarter Simpson
Away to Canada
To the White People of America
James Monroe Whitfield
How Long?
The Misanthropist
Francis Ellen Watkins Harper
Bury Me in a Free Land
To the Union Savers of Cleveland
From Moses: A Story of the Nile
"Sir, We Would See Jesus"
Learning to Read
Songs for the People
James Madison Bell
From A Poem Entitled the Day and the War
From An Anniversary Poem Entitled the Progress of Liberty
Charlotte L. Forten Grimké
Alfred Islay Walden
Wish for an Overcoat
Alberry Alston Whitman
"From Not a Man, and Yet a Man"
From Twasinta's Seminoles; or Rape of Florida
Henrietta Cordelia Ray
Robert G. Shaw
Verses to My Heart's-Sister
George Marion McClellan
A September Night
The Feet of Judas
A January Dandelion
"Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr."
Frederick Douglass
Dr. Booker T. Washington to the National Negro Business League
The Don't-Care Negro
Josephine Delphine Henderson Heard
"They Are Coming?"
Danel Webster Davis
I Can Trust
Aunt Chloe's Lullaby
Mary Weston Fordham
Atlanta Exposition Ode
James Edwin Campbell
Ol' Doc' Hyar
Mors et Vita
De Cunjah Man
Sciplinin' Sister Brown
James David Corrothers
"De Black Cat Crossed His Luck"
Paul Laurence Dunbar
At the Closed Gate of Justice
An Indignation Dinner
James Weldon Johnson
Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing
O Black and Unknown Bards
The White Witch
Priscilla Jane Thompson
The Muse's Favor
Paul Laurence Dunbar
An Ante-Bellum Sermon
We Wear the Mask
When Malindy Sings
The Haunted Oak
The Poet
Anne Spencer [Annie Bethel Scales Bannister]
White Things
Letter to My Sister
Claude McKay
The Harlem Dancer
If We Must Die
The Tropics in New York
Jean Toomer
Georgia Dusk
Her Lips Are Copper Wire
Langston Hughes
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
"I, Too"
Bound No'th Blues
Mother to Son
Countee Cullen
Yet Do I Marvel
"To John Keats, Poet, at Springtime"
From the Dark Tower

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