More than 2,500 poems written by African-American poets in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
African-American Poetry, 1760-1900 is an invaluable resource, not only for literary scholars, but for researchers in black studies, linguistics, women’s studies, the black literary heritage and comparative studies.
The collection offers unique insights into the creative mind and reflects the conditions of early America and the role of black Americans during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The poetry explores a multitude of topics, including abolition, children, civil rights, dreams, education, fugitive slave law, Indian raids, liberty, political issues, prejudice and slavery.
The variety of types of poems is equally broad - allegories, broadsides, children’s poems, elegiac poems, epics, hymns, odes, patriotic poems and sonnets.
The poets are among those included in William French’s bibliography Afro-American Poetry and Drama, 1760-1975 from such widely known figures as Phillis Wheatley and Paul Laurence Dunbar to those who only gained recognition many years after their death.
Researchers can trace the occurrence of a word or concept across the works of one poet or the entire database. The ability to search for specific lines or phrases is greatly improved, taking a fraction of the time needed to search the print editions.