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19th Century African American Poets - Slam

At The Library

Take a Kid with you to the Public Library

Title: African-American Poetry of the Nineteenth Century

An Anthology

Author: edited by Joan R. Sherman

Publisher: University of Illinois Press 1992

ISBN: 0-252-01917-2

Poetry Slam two centuries ago! Along with the poems are little biographies of the authors. This could lend itself to some genealogy research, so I'm posting it in the Book Club and the main forums.
George Moses HORTON (179?-1883); the 'Colored Bard of North Carolina', was the first Southern black man to publish a volume of poetry in America.

Noah Caldwell CANNON (1796?-1850), was a self-educated itinerant African Methodist Episcopal exhorter.

Charles Lewis REASON (1818-93), an educator, reformer, essayist, and poet, was born in New York City of West Indian parents, Elizabeth and Michiel Reason.

Ann PLATO (1820?-?), was a teenage girl when she published a collection of sixteen moral essays, four biographical sketches, and twenty poems.

Joshua McCarter SIMPSON (1820?-76) was freeborn in Morgan County, Ohio, and suffered a childhood of poverty and harsh treatment.

James Monroe WHITFIELD (1822-71), a major propagandist for black separatism and racial justice, worked as a barber all his life, and the bitter tone of much of his verse reflects his abortive attempts to become a man of letters while obliged to earn a living in a barber shop.

Daniel Alexander PAYNE (1811-930 gained international prominence as a clergyman, author, and educator.

Alfred Gibbs CAMPBELL (1826?-?), as publisher, editor, and writer, devoted his monthly newspaper, 'The Alarm Bell', to campaigns for temperance, abolitionism, women's rights, and the supremacy of individual conscience over religious and secular authorities.

The rest include:

Frances Ellen Watkins HARPER (1824-1911)
Joseph Cephas HOLLY (1825-55)
George Boyer VASHON (1824-78)
Elymas Payson ROGERS (1815-61)
Adah Isaacs MENKEN (1839-68)
James Madison BELL (1826-1902)
Charlotte L. Forten GRIMKE (1837-1914)
Alfred Islay WALDEN (1847?-84)
Albery Allson WHITMAN (1851-1901)
Henrietta Cordelia RAY (1850/1852?-1916)
John Willis MENARD (1838-93)
Robert Charles O'hara BENJAMIN (1855-1900)
Timothy Thomas FORTUNE (1856-1928)
James Edwin CAMPBELL (1867-96)
Joseph Seamon COTTER, SR. (1861-1949)
George Clinton ROWE (1853-1903)
Josephine Delphine Henderson HEARD (1861-1921)
Daniel Webster DAVIS (1862-1913)
Edward W. WILLIAMS (1863-91)
Paul Lawrence DUNBAR (1872-1906)
George Marion McCLELLAN (1860-1934)
Eloise Alberta Veronica BIBB (1878-1928)
Mary weston FORDHAM (1862?-?)
Frank Barbour COFFIN (1870/71-1951)
James Epheriam McGIRT (1874-1930)
Samuel Alfred BEADLE (1857-1932)
Priscilla Jane THOMPSON (1871-1942)

And the poems are awesome!
Check out the book!

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