Great slave narratives

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This genre, an exciting and too little known part of American literature and history, has played an important role in the development of such distinguished authors as Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Ralph Ellison.

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About the author (1969)

Bontemps is known as one of our major African-American poets, but he is also credited with making black folklore and literature available to the public through his anthologies and through his work as a historian, librarian, and teacher.