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19th Century African American Poets - Slam
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Title: African-American Poetry of the Nineteenth Century
Author: edited by Joan R. Sherman
Publisher: University of Illinois Press 1992
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)
And the poems are awesome!