Literary Texts: Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem

Reflecting a pivotal shift from literature written for a white audience to literature written for and (perceptually) more reflective of a black audience, the Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem refers to a very particular period in the history of African American literature. This term was originally coined by Charles W. Chesnutt (1931) and is generally applied to literary works written and/or published from 1877-1917. Found below is a growing collection of such works, and, as each of the following belongs to the Public Domain, they are reproduced and shared here freely. They are reformatted, stylized, and typeset here for easier reading and their employment as Open Educational Resources (OERs). To that end, they are sorted first by author's surname and then listed by year.

Title Author(s) Year Type Pages File Size
The Conjure Woman Charles Waddell Chesnutt 1899 Short Stories 203 1.00 MB
The House Behind the Cedars Charles Waddell Chesnutt 1900 Novel 296 1.13 MB
The Colonel's Dream Charles Waddell Chesnutt 1905 Novel 359 1.37 MB
The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. Du Bois 1903 Non-Fiction 283 1.74 MB
The Uncalled Paul Laurence Dunbar 1898 Novel 207 926 KB
The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories Paul Laurence Dunbar 1899 Short Stories 254 1.07 MB
The Sport of the Gods Paul Laurence Dunbar 1902 Novel 205 803 KB
The Heart of Happy Hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar 1904 Novel 186 840 KB
Violets and Other Tales Alice Ruth Moore (Dunbar-Nelson) 1895 Short Stories / Poetry 134 607 KB
The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson 1899 Short Stories 122 599 KB
Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson 1914 Speeches 529 1.89 MB
Magnolia Leaves: Poems Mary Weston Fordham 1897 Poetry 98 541 KB
Imperium in Imperio: A Study of the Negro Race Problem Sutton Elbert Griggs 1899 Novel 234 923 KB
The Hindered Hand; or, the Reign of the Repressionist Sutton Elbert Griggs 1905 Novel 345 1.25 MB
Iola Leroy, or Shadows Uplifted Frances Ellen Watkins Harper 1893 Novel 318 1.23 MB
Poems Frances Ellen Watkins Harper 1895 Poetry 110 515 KB
Sowing and Reaping: A Temperance Story Frances Ellen Watkins Harper 1911 Novel 128 626 KB
Trial and Triumph Frances Ellen Watkins Harper 1911 Novel 158 686 KB
Hagar's Daughter: A Story of Southern Caste Prejudice Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins 1901 Novel 365 1.4 MB
Winona: A Tale of Negro Life in the South and Southwest Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins 1902 Novel 196 853 KB
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man James Weldon Johnson 1912 Novel 232 845 KB
The Book of American Negro Poetry James Weldon Johnson 1922 Poetry 240 891 KB
Up From Slavery: An Autobiography Booker T. Washington 1899 Non-Fiction 328 1.18 MB
The Future of the American Negro Booker T. Washington 1900 Non-Fiction 163 691 KB
The Negro Problem Booker T. Washington et al. 1903 Non-Fiction 146 663 KB
Total Entries Found: 25

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