Books Written by African-American Authors (not yet in the catalogue)

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Post by ChuckW » July 7th, 2018, 7:38 pm

This thread is building upon an earlier post made by annise. With her permission, I have decided to create this list.

Below is a list of books written by African-American authors that we have not yet recorded for Librivox. If you have any more suggestions for additional texts or would like to pick up something listed below, PM or reply to the thread so I can add/remove it. Thanks!

FICTION

- The Conquest: The Story of a Negro Pioneer (Oscar Micheaux)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/39237

- The Dunbar Speaker and Entertainer (Alice Moore Dubar-Nelson and Leslie Pinckney Hill)
https://archive.org/details/dunbarspeakeran00hillgoog

- The Fanatics (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
https://archive.org/details/fanatics00dunbrich

- Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children (Silas X. Floyd)
https://archive.org/details/floydsflowersord00floy

- The Forged Note: A Romance of the Darker Races (Oscar Micheaux)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/39548

- The Garies and Their Friend (Frank J. Webb)
https://archive.org/details/gariesandtheirf00webbgoog

- The Heart of Happy Hollow (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24716

- The Homesteader: A Novel (Oscar Micheaux)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/39238

- In Old Plantation Days (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000874108

- The Leopard’s Claw (George Washington Ellis)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/101647876?

- The Love of Landry (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001375621

- Minnie’s Sacrifice (Frances Ellen Watkins Harper)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11053

- Nellie Brown, or, The Jealous Wife: With Other Sketches (Thomas Detter)
https://archive.org/details/nelliebrownorjea00dettrich

- Silas X. Floyd’s Short Stories for Colored People Both Old and Young (Silas X. Floyd)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100657857

- Sowing and Reaping: A Temperance Story (Frances Ellen Watkins Harper)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11022

- The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/15886

- Trial and Triumph (Frances Ellen Watkins Harper)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11056

- The Uncalled (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/25171


NON-FICTION

- Christianity Under the Searchlight (George W. Clinton)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100647982?

- Crossing the Line: A Little Light on a Dark Subject (S. Douglass McDuffle)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100647965?

- Finding a Way Out: An Autobiography (Robert Russa Moton)
https://archive.org/details/findingawayouta00motogoog

- The Future of the American Negro (Booker T. Washington)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/26507

- Frederick Douglass (Charles W. Chesnutt)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10986

- Jesus Christ Has Negro Blood in His Veins: The Wonder of the Twentieth Century (W.L. Hunter)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100775487?

- Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights (Kelly Miller)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19179

- Life and Labors of Rev. Jordan W. Early: One of the Pioneers of African Methodism in the West and South (Sarah J.W. Early)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100640185?

- The Mob Violence and the American Negro: My Experience in the Sunny South (Velley Loyn Lester)
https://archive.org/details/mobviolenceameri00lest

- My Bondage and My Freedom (Frederick Douglass)
https://archive.org/details/mybondageandmyf02douggoog

- The Negro: His Rights and Wrongs, the Forces for Him and Against Him (Francis J. Grimke)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/101654512?

- The Negro in Literature and Art in the United States (Benjamin Griffith Brawley)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/35063

- The Negro Problem (Charles W. Chesnutt)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/15041

- Right on the Scaffold, or The Martyrs of 1822 (Archibald Henry Grimké)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/31290

- A Social History of the American Negro (Benjamin Griffith Brawley)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/12101

- The Story of Slavery (Booker T. Washington)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/45125

- Talks for the Times (multiple authors)
https://archive.org/details/01168772.4832.emory.edu

- Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements (Booker T. Washington)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/28087

POETRY

- The Band of Gideon (Joseph S. Cotter, Jr.)
https://archive.org/details/bandofgideonothe00cott

- Bronze: A Book of Verse (Georgia Douglas Johnson)
https://archive.org/details/bronzebookofvers00johnrich

- Candle-Lightin' Time (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
https://archive.org/details/candlelightintim00dunb

- The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18338?msg=welcome_stranger#Page_246

- Constab Ballads (Claude McKay)
https://archive.org/details/constabballads00mckarich

- Ethiopia’s Petition (Anna Shields)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100797598?

- Folks from Dixie (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000810289

- From the Heart of a Folk (Waverly Turner Carmichael)
https://archive.org/details/fromheartoffolkb00carmiala

- Harlem Shadows (Claude McKay)
https://archive.org/details/HarlemShadows

- The Harp of Ethiopia (Maurice N. Corbett)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100640167?

- The Heart of a Woman and Other Poems (Georgia Douglas Johnson)
https://archive.org/details/heartofwomanothe00john

- The Heart of the World (Joshua Henry Jones)
https://archive.org/details/heartofworld00jone

- Idylls of the Bible (Frances Ellen Watkins Harper)
https://archive.org/details/idyllsofbible00harp

- Li'l' Gal (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/006130321

- Lyrics of Life and Love (William Stanley Braithwaite)
https://archive.org/details/lyricsoflifelove00brai

- Lyrics of Love and Laughter (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001398533

- Lyrics of Lowly Life (Paul Laurence Dunbar and William Dean Howells)
https://archive.org/details/lyricsoflowlylif00dunbrich

Lyrics of the Hearthside (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008655910

- Not a Man, and Yet a Man (A.A. Whitman)
https://archive.org/details/notmanyetman00whit

- Oak and Ivy (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
https://archive.org/details/oakandivy00dunbrich

- Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects (Frances Ellen Watkins Harper)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11022

- Poems of Cabin and Field (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
https://archive.org/details/poemscabinandfi01dunbgoog

- Spring in New Hampshire and Other Poems (Claude McKay)
https://archive.org/details/springinnewhamp00mckarich

- Songs of My People (Charles Bertram Johnson)
https://archive.org/details/songsofmypeople00john

- The Sylvan Cabin: A Centenary Ode on the Birth of Lincoln and Other Verse (Edward Smyth Jones)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/26036

- The Wings of Oppression (Leslie Pinckney Hill)
https://archive.org/details/wingsofoppressio00hilliala

DRAMA

- Heirs of Slavery: A Little Drama of To-Day (Katherine Davis Chapman Tillman) [ONE ACT]
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100647973?

- The Mule Bone (Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19435
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Post by mhhbook » July 7th, 2018, 8:51 pm

This one might be interesting.

A Negro Explorer at the North Pole
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/20923/20923-h/20923-h.htm
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Post by Availle » July 7th, 2018, 9:38 pm

mhhbook wrote:
July 7th, 2018, 8:51 pm
This one might be interesting.

A Negro Explorer at the North Pole
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/20923/20923-h/20923-h.htm
It definitely is!
https://librivox.org/a-negro-explorer-at-the-north-pole-by-matthew-a-henson/
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Post by annise » July 7th, 2018, 9:46 pm

Strictly speaking , it's not written by an African-American Author unless Henson is - but it's interesting . I'm assuming that there will be books that are not about African Americans that qualify and books about them written by non qualifying authors that don't ?

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Post by mhhbook » July 8th, 2018, 6:25 am

annise wrote:
July 7th, 2018, 9:46 pm
Strictly speaking , it's not written by an African-American Author unless Henson is - but it's interesting . I'm assuming that there will be books that are not about African Americans that qualify and books about them written by non qualifying authors that don't ?

Anne
A quick look at the beginning of the book confirms he was African American. Born in Maryland in 1866. Reading just a couple of paragraphs, it looks to be an interesting book.
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Post by ChuckW » July 8th, 2018, 7:26 am

Added a few more titles and reorganized the list, hopefully making it a little easier to navigate.
mhhbook wrote:
July 8th, 2018, 6:25 am
annise wrote:
July 7th, 2018, 9:46 pm
Strictly speaking , it's not written by an African-American Author unless Henson is - but it's interesting . I'm assuming that there will be books that are not about African Americans that qualify and books about them written by non qualifying authors that don't ?

Anne
A quick look at the beginning of the book confirms he was African American. Born in Maryland in 1866. Reading just a couple of paragraphs, it looks to be an interesting book.

Hensen was indeed an African-American writer and explorer of great renown. However, since we've already recorded that particular book, I'm leaving it off the list for now (although additional versions of that book would be welcome!). Did he write anything else though? Is there anything left from him to record?
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Post by mhhbook » July 8th, 2018, 9:08 am

I didn’t realize Henson’s book was already in the LibriVox catalog. It looks as though that was his only book. What an amazing accomplishment that expedition must have been!
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Post by ChuckW » July 10th, 2018, 12:40 pm

Removed The Book of Negro American Poetry, which I just launched over here: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=70937
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Post by Carolin » July 12th, 2018, 8:50 am

I have bced 50 years and other poems during the spring.

Non fiction
https://archive.org/details/mobviolenceameri00lest
The mob violence and the American negro; "my experience in the sunny South,"
by Lester, Velley Loyn, 1871- [from old catalog]
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Post by annise » July 12th, 2018, 3:06 pm

We've many other books by non African Americans about Afriican Americans, this thread is for African American authors

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Post by pschempf » July 12th, 2018, 3:41 pm

There is another book of Paul Laurence Dunbar's poems here -

The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar by Paul Laurence Dunbar
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18338?msg=welcome_stranger#Page_246

And novels -

The Uncalled by Paul Laurence Dunbar
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/25171

The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17854

And some short stories -

The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories, by Paul Laurence Dunbar
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/15886

The Heart of Happy Hollow by Paul Laurence Dunbar
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24716
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Post by pschempf » July 12th, 2018, 3:49 pm

annise wrote:
July 7th, 2018, 9:46 pm
Strictly speaking , it's not written by an African-American Author unless Henson is ...
He was - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Henson
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Post by ChuckW » July 12th, 2018, 4:28 pm

pschempf wrote:
July 12th, 2018, 3:41 pm
There is another book of Paul Laurence Dunbar's poems here -

The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar by Paul Laurence Dunbar
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18338?msg=welcome_stranger#Page_246

And novels -

The Uncalled by Paul Laurence Dunbar
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/25171

The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17854

And some short stories -

The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories, by Paul Laurence Dunbar
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/15886

The Heart of Happy Hollow by Paul Laurence Dunbar
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24716
Awesome! Thanks for the recommendations. That "complete" collection looks especially enticing. I might have to do that as a group project after finishing up with The Book of American Negro Poetry (although if someone else wants to do it first, please, please do so!).
Carolin wrote:
July 12th, 2018, 8:50 am
I have bced 50 years and other poems during the spring.

Non fiction
https://archive.org/details/mobviolenceameri00lest
The mob violence and the American negro; "my experience in the sunny South,"
by Lester, Velley Loyn, 1871- [from old catalog]
Great recommendation! Thanks!
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Post by neecheelok70 » July 17th, 2018, 6:41 pm

I would like to claim as a solo Biography of an American Bondman. Do I proceed to setting it up on the Launchpad? Jim

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Post by pschempf » July 17th, 2018, 9:06 pm

Hi Chuck -

Here's some more of Paul Laurence Dunbar's work -

Lyrics of lowly life, by Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1872-1906; William Dean Howells, 1837-1920
https://archive.org/details/lyricsoflowlylif00dunbrich

Poems of cabin and field, by Paul Laurence Dunbar
https://archive.org/details/poemscabinandfi01dunbgoog

Candle-lightin' time, by Paul Laurence Dunbar
https://archive.org/details/candlelightintim00dunb

The fanatics, by Paul Laurence Dunbar
https://archive.org/details/fanatics00dunbrich

Folks from Dixie, By Paul Laurence Dunbar
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000810289

In old plantation days, By Paul Laurence Dunbar
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000874108

The love of Landry, by Paul Laurence Dunbar
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001375621

Lyrics of love and laughter, by Paul Laurence Dunbar
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001398533

Li'l' gal, by Paul Laurence Dunbar
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/006130321

Lyrics of the hearthside, by Paul Laurence Dunbar
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008655910

Also -

The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17854

didn't make it into the list last time.
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