African American literature African American literature starts with the oral tradition of African ancestors and of slaves, who were not allowed to write and read.
Philis Wheatley (1753-1784)
Slave narratives - Frideric Douglas (1818-1895)
W.E.B. DuBois - double consciousness - to assimilate with the dominant culture or hold on to separate cultural identity. (“The Souls of Black Folk”)
African American culture evolved in areas such as literature, philosophy, sociology, drama, arts, music, dance, etc.
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