NELLIE MCCAY and African American Literature

February 06, 1997

In the history of the world’s great literature, few traditions
have origins as remarkable as that created by African slaves and
ex-slaves in the Americas. On Democracy Now, we present a one
hour special on the rich and dazzling tradition of African-American
literature and culture, including a rare speech from James Baldwin
and a fabulous presentation by Walter Mosley, the African American
mystery writer.

Just this past month, a major new book was published — the Norton
Anthology of African American Literature, a 2,600-page book of some
120 writers from 1746 to the present day. This literary treasure
also contains 13 works in their entirety, including Frederick
Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and
Gwendolyn Brooks’ Maud Martha.


PROFESSOR NELLIE MCCAY, a professor of American and Afro-
American literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the
editor of the 2600-page Norton Anthology of African American

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