The Norton anthology of African American literature

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Welcomed on publication as "brilliant, definitive, and a joy to teach from," The Norton Anthology of African American Literature was adopted at more than 1,275 colleges and universities worldwide. Now, the new Second Edition offers these highlights.
The vernacular tradition. Spirituals. Were you there when they crucified my Lord? ; City called heaven ; God's a-gonna trouble the water ; Walk together children ; I know moon-rise ; I'm a-rollin' ; I been rebuked and I been scorned ; Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel? ; Soon I will be done ; No more auction block ; Swing low, sweet chariot ; Steal away to Jesus ; Go down, Moses ; Been in the storm so long ; Oh, freedom!
Gospel. This little light of mine ; Down by the riverside ; Freedom in the air ; Take my hand, precious Lord ; Peace be still ; Stand by me
The blues. Yellow dog blues ; St. Louis blues ; Beale Street blues ; Down-hearted blues ; See, see rider ; Prove it on me blues ; Gulf Coast blues ; Trouble in mind ; Backwater blues ; In the house blues ; How long blues ; Hellhound on my trail ; It's a low down dirty shame ; Good morning, blues ; Sent for you yesterday ; Going to Chicago blues ; Fine and mellow ; Hoochie coochie ; Sunnyland. The vernacular tradition. Secular rhymes and songs, ballads, and work songs. Secular rhymes and songs. We raise de wheat ; Me and my captain ; Promises of freedom ; Jack and Dinah want freedom ; Run, nigger, run ; Learn to count ; Another man done gone ; You may go but this will bring you back
Ballads. Poor Lazarus ; The signifying monkey ; Wild Negro Bill ; John Henry ; Frankie and Johnny ; Railroad Bill ; Stackolee ; Sinking of the Titanic ; Shine and the Titanic
Work songs. Pick a bale of cotton ; Go down, old Hannah ; Can't you line it? The vernacular tradition. Jazz. (What did I do to be so) black and blue / Andy Razaf
It don't mean a thing (if it ain't got that swing) / Duke Ellington
Parker's mood / King Pleasure. The vernacular tradition. Rap. The revolution will not be televised / Gil Scott-Heron
The message / Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
Don't believe the hype / Public Enemy
The evil that men do / Queen Latifah. The vernacular tradition. Sermons. God
The Eagle stirreth her nest / C.L. Franklin
Faith hasn't got no eyes / Zora Neale Hurston
I have a dream ; I've been to the mountaintop / Martin Luther King
The ballot or the bullet / Malcolm X. The vernacular tradition. Folktales. All God's chillen had wings ; Big talk ; Deer hunting story ; How to write a letter ; "'Member youse a nigger" ; "Ah'll beatcher makin' money" ; Why the sister in black works hardest ; Why women always take advantage of men ; "De reason niggers is working so hard" ; The ventriloquist ; You talk too much, anyhow ; The king buzzard ; A flying fool ; Bur Rabbit in Red Hill churchyard ; Brer Rabbit tricks Brer Fox again ; The wonderful tar-baby story ; How Mr. Rabbit was too sharp for Mr. Fox ; The awful fate of Mr. Wolf ; What the rabbit learned. The literature of slavery and freedom : 1746-1865. Bars fight / Lucy Terry
The interesting narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano, or, Gustavus Vassa, the African, written by himself. Volume 1. Chapter I ; Chapter II ; from Chapter III ; from Chapter IV / Olaudah Equiano
Poems on various subjects, religious and moral. Preface ; Letter sent by the author's master to the publisher ; To the publick / Phillis Wheatley
To Mæcenas ; To the University of Cambridge, in New-England ; On being brought from Africa to America ; On the death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield, 1770 ; To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth ; On imagination ; To S.M., a young African painter, on seeing his works ; To Samson Occom ; To his excellency General Washington / Phillis Wheatley
David Walker's appeal in four articles; together with a preamble, to the coloured citizens of the world. Preamble ; Article I : our wretchedness in consequence of slavery / David Walker
The lover's farewell ; On hearing of the intention of a gentleman to purchase the poet's freedom ; Division of an estate ; The creditor to his proud debtor ; George Moses Horton, myself / George Moses Horton. The literature of slavery and freedom : 1746-1865. Ar'n't I a woman? speech to the Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, 1851 ; from The Anti-slavery bugle, June 21, 1851 ; from The narrative of Sojourner Truth, 1878 / Sojourner Truth
Religion and the pure principles of morality, the sure foundation on which we must build. Introduction / Maria W. Stewart
Lecture delivered at the Franklin Hall / Maria W. Stewart
Incidents in the life of a slave girl. Preface ; Childhood ; The new master and mistress ; The trials of girlhood ; A perilous passage in the slave girl's life ; Another link to life ; The flight ; The loophole of retreat ; Preparations for escape ; The confession ; The Fugitive Slave Law ; Free at last / Harriet Jacobs
Narrative of William W. Brown, a fugitive slave. Chapter V ; from Chapter VI / William Wells Brown
Clotel, or, The president's daughter. The Negro sale ; Going to the South ; The quadroon's home ; To-day a mistress, tomorrow a slave ; Escape of Clotel / William Wells Brown
Lines suggested on reading "An appeal to Christian women of the South," by A.E. Grimke / Ada (Sarah L. Forten)
An address to the slaves of the United States of America / Henry Highland Garnet
The mulatto / Victor Séjour
Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave, written by himself / Frederick Douglass
My bondage and my freedom. Introduced to the abolitionists ; Twenty-one months in Great Brittain / Frederick Douglass. The literature of slavery and freedom : 1746-1865. from What to the slave is the Fourth of July? : an address delivered in Rochester, New York, on 5 July 1852 / Frederick Douglass
Life and times of Frederick Douglass. Second part. from Chapter XV : Weighed in the balance / Frederick Douglass
Life and times of Frederick Douglass. Third part. Later life / Frederick Douglass
America ; Yes! strike again that sounding string ; Self-reliance / James M. Whitfield
Ethiopia ; Eliza Harris ; The slave mother ; Vashti ; Bury me in a free land ; Aunt Chloe's politics ; Learning to read ; A double standard ; Songs for the people ; An appeal to my country women ; The two offers ; Our greatest want / Frances E.W. Harper
Fancy etchings. Enthusiasm and lofty aspirations ; Dangerous economies / Frances E.W. Harper
Woman's political future / Frances E.W. Harper
Our nig, or, sketches from the life of a free black, in a two-story white house, north. Preface ; Mag Smith, my mother ; My father's death ; A new home for me ; from Chapter VIII : Visitor and departure ; Perplexities, another death ; The winding up of the matter / Harriet E. Wilson. Literature of the Reconstruction to the new Negro Renaissance : 1865-1919. A parting hymn / Charlotte Forten Grimké
Journals. from Journal one ; from Journal three / Charlotte Forten Grimké
Up from slavery. A slave among slaves ; Boyhood days ; The struggle for an education ; The Atlanta Exposition address / Booker T. Washington
The goopherd grapevine ; The passing of Grandison ; The wife of his youth / Charles W. Chesnutt
Womanhood a vital element in the regeneration and progress of a race / Anna Julia Cooper
Contending forces. The sewing-circle ; Will Smith's defense of his race / Pauline E. Hopkins
Famous men of the Negro race. Booker T. Washington / Pauline E. Hopkins
Famous women of the Negro race. Literary workers : Frances E.W. Harper / Pauline E. Hopkins
Letter from Cordelia A. Condict and Pauline Hopkins's reply : March 1903 / Pauline E. Hopkins
A red record. The case stated ; The remedy / Ida B. Wells-Barnett
A litany of Atlanta ; The song of the smoke ; The souls of black folk ; The damnation of women ; Criteria of Negro art ; Two novels / W.E.B. Du Bois. Literature of the Reconstruction to the new Negro Renaissance : 1865-1919. The snapping of the bow ; Me 'n' Dunbar ; Paul Laurence Dunbar ; At the closed gate of justice ; An indignation dinner / James D. Corrothers
Sence you went away ; Lift ev'ry voice and sing ; O black and unknown bards ; Fifty years ; Brothers ; The creation ; My city ; The autobiography of an ex-colored man / James Weldon Johnson
The book of American Negro poetry. Preface / James Weldon Johnson
Ode to Ethiopia ; Worn out ; A Negro love song ; The colored soldiers ; An ante-bellum sermon ; Ere sleep comes down to soothe the weary eyes ; Not they who soar ; When Malindy sings ; We wear the mask ; Little brown baby ; Her thought and his ; A cabin tale ; Sympathy ; Dinah kneading dough ; The haunted oak ; Douglass ; Philosophy ; Black Samson of Brandywine ; The poet ; The Fourth of July and race outrages / Paul Laurence Dunbar
The hindered hand, or, The reign of the repressionist. The fugitives flee again ; The blaze / Sutton E. Griggs
Violets ; I sit and sew ; April is on the way ; Violets / Alice Moore Dunbar Nelson
The watchers ; The house of falling leaves ; Sic vita ; Turn me to my yellow leaves ; Quiet has a hidden sound / William Stanley Braithwaite
Singing hallelujia ; Song of the whirlwind ; My God in heaven said to me ; The lonely mother ; Tired ; The scarlet woman / Fenton Johnson. Harlem Renaissance : 1919-1940. The Negro digs up his past / Arthur A. Schomburg
A winter twilight ; The black finger ; For the candle light ; When the green lies over the earth ; Tenebris / Angelina Weld Grimké
Before the feast of Shushan ; Dunbar ; At the carnival ; Lady, lady ; Letter to my sister ; The wife-woman / Anne Spencer
Plum bun : a novel without a moral. from Home. Black Philadelphia ; Sundays / Jessie Redmon Fauset
The new Negro / Alain Locke
The heart of a woman ; Youth ; My little dreams ; Lost illusions ; I want to die while you love me / Georgia Douglas Johnson
Africa for the Africans ; The future as I see it / Marcus Garvey
Harlem shadows ; If we must die ; To the white fiends ; Africa ; America ; My mother ; Enslaved ; The White House ; Outcast ; St. Isaac's Church, Petrograd / Claude McKay
Home to Harlem. He also loved / Claude McKay
Harlem runs wild / Claude McKay
Sweat ; How it feels to be colored me ; The gilded six-bits ; Characteristics of Negro expression / Zora Neale Hurston
Mules and men. Negro folklore / Zora Neale Hurston
Their eyes were watching God. The return ; Pear tree / Zora Neale Hurston
Dust tracks on a road. Research / Zora Neale Hurston
Quicksand. To Denmark ; New life ; Talk of marriage ; Proposal ; Good-bye / Nella Larsen
Cane / Jean Toomer
The Negro-art hokum / George Samuel Schuyler
The city of refuge ; The Caucasian storms Harlem / Rudolph Fisher. Harlem Renaissance : 1919-1940. The wharf rats / Eric Walrond
On being young, a woman, and colored / Marita Bonner
Odyssey of Big Boy ; Long gone ; Southern road ; Strong men ; Memphis blues ; Slim Greer ; Tin roof blues ; Ma Rainey ; Cabaret ; Sporting Beasley ; Sam Smiley / Sterling A. Brown
Heritage ; To a dark girl ; Sonnet, 2 ; Hatred / Gwendolyn B. Bennett
Infants of the spring. Harlem salon / Wallace Thurman
Golgotha is a mountain ; A black man talks of reaping ; Nocturne at Bethesda ; Southern mansion ; Miracles ; A summer tragedy / Arna Bontemps
The Negro speaks of rivers ; Mother to son ; Danse africaine ; Jazzonia ; When Sue wears red ; Dream variations ; The weary blues ; I too ; A house in Taos ; Homesick blues ; Po' boy blues ; Gypsy man ; Lament over love ; Red silk stockings ; Bad man ; Song for a dark girl ; Gal's cry for a dying lover ; Hard daddy ; Sylvester's dying bed ; Ballad of the landlord ; Juke box love song ; Dream boogie ; Harlem ; Motto ; The Negro artist and the racial mountain ; The blues I'm playing / Langston Hughes
The big sea. When the Negro was in vogue ; Harlem literati ; Downtown / Langston Hughes
The best of Simple. Feet live their own life ; A toast to Harlem ; Jealousy / Langston Hughes
Yet do I marvel ; Tableau ; Incident ; Saturday's child ; The shroud of color ; Heritage ; To John Keats, poet at spring time ; From the dark tower / Countee Cullen
Poem ; Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem ; Remember not ; Invocation / Helene Johnson. Realism, Naturalism, Modernism : 1940-1960. An ex-judge at the bar ; Dark symphony ; A legend of Versailles ; Libretto for the Republic of Liberia ; The birth of John Henry ; Satchmo / Melvin B. Tolson
The living is easy. Cleo ; Cleo's high jinks ; Cleo goes north / Dorothy West
Blueprint for Negro writing ; The ethics of living Jim Crow, an autobiographical sketch ; Long black song ; The man who lived underground / Richard Wright
Black boy. Booklist ; Chicago / Richard Wright
Salute to the passing / Chester B. Himes
Like a winding sheet / Ann Petry
The street. The apartment / Ann Petry
The diver ; Homage to the empress of the blues ; Middle passage ; O Daedalus, fly away home ; Runagate runagate ; Frederick Douglass ; A ballad of remembrance ; Mourning poem for the Queen of Sunday ; Soledad ; El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz ; A letter from Phillis Wheatley / Robert Hayden
Invisible man. Prologue ; Battle royal ; Epilogue / Ralph Ellison
Change the joke and slip the yoke ; The world and the jug / Ralph Ellison. Realism, Naturalism, Modernism : 1940-1960. For my people ; Poppa chicken ; For Malcolm X ; Prophets for a new day / Margaret Walker
Kitchenette building ; The mother ; A song in the front yard ; Sadie and Maud ; The vacant lot ; The preacher : ruminates behind the sermon ; The Sundays of Satin-Legs Smith ; Maxie Allen ; The rites for Cousin Vit ; The children of the poor ; The lovers of the poor ; We real cool ; The Chicago Defender sends a man to Little Rock ; A lovely love ; Malcolm X ; Two dedications ; Riot ; The third sermon on the Warpland ; Young heroes ; When you have forgotten Sunday : the love story ; Maud Martha / Gwendolyn Brooks
Everybody's protest novel ; Many thousands gone ; Stranger in the village ; Notes of a native son ; Sonny's blues / James Baldwin
Walking Parker home ; Grandfather was queer, too ; Jail poems ; Unanimity has been achieved, not a dot less for its accidentalness ; War memoir : jazz, don't listen to it at your own risk / Bob Kaufman
A raisin in the sun / Lorraine Hansberry. The black arts movement : 1960-1970. Status symbol ; I am a black woman / Mari Evans
Towards a black aesthetic / Hoyt Fuller
The autobiography of Malcolm X. Saved / Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz)
The man who cried I am. In an outdoor cafe ; Memories, Margrit, and morphine ; Picture of the writer / John Alfred Williams
Letter from Birmingham jail / Martin Luther King Jr.
The idea of ancestry ; Hard rock returns to prison from the hospital for the criminal insane ; For black poets who think of suicide / Etheridge Knight
The black aesthetic. Introduction / Addison Gayle Jr.
Preface to a twenty volume suicide note ; In memory of radio ; A poem for black hearts ; I don't love you ; Three movements and a coda ; SOS ; Black art ; The invention of comics ; Dutchman ; The revolutionary theatre / Amiri Baraka. The black arts movement : 1960-1970. Homecoming ; Poem at thirty ; For our lady ; Summer words of a sistuh addict / Sonia Sanchez
A blues book for blue black magical women. Part three. Present / Sonia Sanchez
Goin' a buffalo : a tragifantasy / Ed Bullins
Soul on ice. The primeval mitosis / Eldridge Cleaver
Did John's music kill him? / A.B. Spellman
How long has Trane been gone / Jayne Cortez
The black arts movement / Larry Neal
Black art : mute matter given force and function / Maulana Karenga
Back again, home ; Introduction : to Think black ; The long reality ; Malcolm spoke/who listened? ; A poem to complement other poems / Haki R. Madhubuti
For Saundra ; Beautiful black men ; Nikki-Rosa / Nikki Giovanni
A solo song : for Doc / James Alan McPherson
In Texas grass ; Conversation overheard ; Impressions/of Chicago, for Howlin' Wolf / Quincy Troupe
Jesus was crucified ; It is deep ; For sistuhs wearin' straight hair / Carolyn M. Rodgers. Literature since 1970. Train whistle guitar. History lessons / Albert Murray
Still I rise ; My Arkansas / Maya Angelou
I know why the caged bird sings. Mrs. Flowers ; "Mam" / Maya Angelou
Reena ; To Da-duh, in memoriam ; The making of a writier : from the poets in the kitchen / Paule Marshall
A movie star has to star in black and white / Adrienne Kennedy
Sula / Toni Morrison
The sky is gray / Ernest J. Gaines
Father Son and Holy Ghost ; The winds of Orisha ; Coal ; Now that I am forever with child ; A litany for survival ; The evening news ; Poetry is not a luxury / Audre Lorde
Pike Street bus ; The Griots who know Brer Fox ; Tapestries ; Caledonia / Colleen McElroy
The bodies broken on ; The lost baby poem ; Prayer ; Malcolm ; Kali ; If mama/could see ; Homage to my hips ; What spells raccoon to me ; 1. At Jonestown ; A woman who loves ; Wishes for sons ; Move / Lucille Clifton
In memoriam : Martin Luther King Jr. ; I must become a menace to my enemies ; Poem about my rights ; Poem for Guatemala ; The female and the silence of a man ; Intifada ; A new politics of sexuality / June Jordan
Swallow the lake ; Round midnight ; On watching a caterpillar become a butterfly ; Chicago heat / Clarence Major. Literature since 1970. There is a tree more ancient than Eden. The epistle of Sweetie Reed / Leon Forrest
Dear John, dear Coltrane ; Deathwatch ; Here where Coltrane is ; Br'er Sterling and the rocker ; Grandfather ; "Goin' to the territory" ; In Hayden's collage ; The ghost of soul-making / Michael S. Harper
I am a cowboy in the boat of Ra ; Railroad Bill, a conjure man ; Dualism : in Ralph Elliison's Invisible man ; Chattanooga ; Oakland blues ; Neo-HooDoo manifesto / Ishmael Reed
Mumbo jumbo. Chapters 1-2 / Ishmael Reed
Raymond's run / Toni Cade Bambara
A dance for Ma Rainey ; Conjugal visits / Al Young
The seduction of light. Ben Franklin ; Secondhand business / Al Young
Brothers and keepers. Robby's version / John Edgar Wideman
Damballah / John Edgar Wideman
Atlantis : model 1924 (d) / Samuel R. Delany
The peacock poems : 1 ; I want Aretha to set this to music ; Tell Martha not to moan / Sherley Anne Williams
Women ; Outcast ; On stripping bark from myself ; "Good night, Willie Lee, I'll see you in the morning" ; In search of our mothers' gardens ; Everyday use ; Advancing Luna, and Ida B. Wells / Alice Walker
The color purple. God love all them feelings / Alice Walker
Fences / August Wilson
Within the veil ; Columba / Michelle Cliff. Literature since 1970. Emmett Till ; Today I am a homicide in the north of the city ; Be quiet, go away ; At the record hop ; American sonnet (10) ; Bedtime story ; Mastectomy / Wanda Coleman
Bloodchild / Octavia Butler
February in Sydney ; Facing it ; Sunday afternoons ; Banking potatoes ; Birds on a powerline / Yusef Komunyakaa
Falso brilhante ; Song of the Andoumboulou : 8 / Nathaniel Mackey
Djbot Baghostu's run. 26.IX.81 / Nathaniel Mackey
The education of Mingo / Charles Johnson
from For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf ; Nappy edges ; Bocas : a daughter's geography / Ntozake Shange
Annie John. The circling hand / Jamaica Kincaid
The Chaneysville incident. Old Jack / David Bradley
The women of Brewster Place. The two / Gloria Naylor
Quilting on the rebound / Terry McMillan
David Walker (1785-1830) ; Parsley ; Receiving the stigmata ; from Thomas and Beulah ; The event ; Motherhood ; Daystar ; The Oriental ballerina ; Pastoral ; from Mother love ; Persephone abducted ; Statistic : the witness ; Mother love ; Demeter mourning ; History ; Demeter's prayer to Hades / Rita Dove
Devil in a blue dress. DeWitt Albright ; Joppy ; Daphne Monet / Walter Mosley
Conditions. XXI ; XXII ; XXIV / Essex Hemphill.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 8^-12. Spanning 250 years, this great literary anthology begins with a grand selection from the oral tradition and moves forward in time with historical commentary and selections from 118 poets and writers."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Collaborating on The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, editors Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Nellie Y. McKay have compiled what may be the definitive collection of its kind. Organized chronologically, the massive work gathers writings from six periods of black history: slavery and freedom; Reconstruction; the Harlem Renaissance; Realism, Naturalism and Modernism; the Black Arts Movement and the period since the 1970s. The work begins with the vernacular tradition of spirituals, gospel and the blues; continues through work songs, jazz and rap; ranges through sermons and folktales; and embraces letters and journals, poetry, short fiction, novels, autobiography and drama. BOMC selection; companion audio CD. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects American literature -- African American authors.
African Americans -- Literary collections.
Publisher New York :W.W. Norton & Co.,1997
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Anthology of African American literature
Contributors Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., editor.
McKay, Nellie Y., editor.
Language English
Description xliv, 2665 pages : music ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 2625-2648) and index.
ISBN 0393040011
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