African-American Poetry: An Anthology, 1773-1927
In the nineteenth century, abolitionist and African-American periodicals printed thousands of poems by black men and women on such topics as bondage and freedom, hatred and discrimination, racial identity and racial solidarity, along with dialect verse that mythologized the Southern past. Early in the twentieth century, black poets celebrated race consciousness in propagadistic and protest poetry, while World War I helped engender the outpouring of African-American creativity known as the "Harlem Renaissance."
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