African American Writers and Literature
African American culture resonates from the experiences of African Americans from the Middle Passage deeply rooted in Africa. These experiences have shaped a dynamic culture that speaks bounds in the influences of main stream America. The imprint of African American literature and the Harlem Renaissance period helped shape African American culture. Influences from writers such as Langston Hughes, Phillis Whealtley, and Maya Angelou have impacted culture in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. To grasp the richness of African American culture, follow the story of culture and the literary impact of the world.
African American Culture
Archives of African American Music and Culture– Indiana archive database of music and culture of African Americans.
African American Culture-Library of Congress manuscript collection of African American culture.
African American Literary Movements and Genres
The Slave Narrative– Narratives of slaves that impacted more than a literary movement.
A Historical Movement– Overview of a historical art movement.
Literature and Life– Five chapters of 18th century literature movement of poetry and slave narratives.
African American Quilts
Quilting Traditions-Traditions of the African American quilt.
African American Quilts-Explains the tradition and list 10 quilters and their quilts.
Harriet Powers– Biography of southern quilter Harriet Powers.
Maya’s Angelou– Text of the poem On the Pulse of Morning
Black Literature Index– Index of electronic text of black literature.
General Biographical Sources
General Literary Sites
The Given Foundation-Foundation for African American literature.
Documenting the South-Collections of southern literature.
Cave Canem– African American poetry.
World Book– African American literature in various American historical times.
Black Southern Literature– The impact of black literature in southern America.
African American Review– A journal of essays, theater, and poetry on African American literature.
African American Writers– Biographies and literary works of African American women writers.
The Cambridge Companion to African American Women’s Literature– Assemblage of history and biographies of African American women writers.
Written by Jacob C. Herman