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Latest edition: 1761 - 1901

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Born out of slavery and the African oral tradition, African American Authors gave voice to the struggles of black people in the early days of this nation.

1761 - Jupiter Hammon, America's first published black writer
1773 - Phillis Wheatley completes her poems on various subjects
1855 - Frederick Douglass publishes “My Bondage and My Freedom”
1899 - Paul Laurence Dunbar's 'Sympathy'
1901 - Booker T. Washington's Autobiography, “Up From Slavery”

Host: Alphonse Keasley.