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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, post a note in this thread so I can add/remove it. Thanks!

FICTION

- Children of the mist (Eden Phillpotts)
https://archive.org/details/childrenofmist00philuoft

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

- For Your Sweet Sake (James E. McGirt)
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/53385

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

- The Goodness of St. Rocque (Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/688

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

- Historical romance of the American Negro (Charles Henry Fowler, Nicholas Biddle)
https://archive.org/details/historicalromanc00fowl

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

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

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

- True Love: A Story of English Domestic Life (Sarah E. Farro)
http://gutenberg.org/ebooks/63121
[more on Sarah Farro here: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/sarah-e-farro-african-american-novel-19th-century-why-forgotten-a7057966.html]

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

NON-FICTION

- Adventism answered (the Sabbath question) (George Frazier Miller)
https://archive.org/details/adventismanswere00mill

- The aftermath of slavery; a study of the condition and environment of the American Negro (William Albert Sinclair)
https://archive.org/details/aftermathofslave00sinc

- Appeal (David Walker)
https://archive.org/details/walkersappealinf00walk

- An Appeal for Negro Bishops, But No Separation (John Wesley Edward Bowen)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008615800

- An Appeal to the King: The Address Delivered on Negro Day in the Atlanta Exposition, October 21, 1895 (John Wesley Edward Bowen) [SHORT]
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100599640

- An Apology for African Methodism (Benjamin Tucker Tanner)
https://docsouth.unc.edu/church/tanner/tanner.html

- Africa and the American Negro (multiple authors)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008677533

- Charles Sumner, the scholar in politics (Archibald Henry Grimke)
https://archive.org/details/charlessumnersch00grimiala

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

- The Color of Solomon--what? A Monograph by Benjamin T. Tanner
https://archive.org/details/25637551.4684.emory.edu

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

- A eulogy on Wendell Phillips (Archibald Henry Grimké)
https://archive.org/details/eulogyonwendellp00grim

- Fact stranger than fiction; seventy-five years of a busy life, with reminiscences, of many great and good men and women (John Patterson Green)
https://archive.org/details/factstrangerthan00gree

- 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?

- Life and opinions of Julius Melbourn; with sketches of the lives and characters of Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, John Randolph, and several other eminent American statesmen (Jiulius Melbourn)
https://archive.org/details/lifeopinionsjuliu00melb

- The looking-glass: being a true report and narrative of the life, travels and labors of the Rev. Daniel H. Peterson, a colored clergyman; embracing a period of time from the year 1812 to 1854, and including his visit to western Africa (Daniel H. Peterson)
https://archive.org/details/lookingglassbein00pete

- A memorial discourse (by Henry Highland Garnet)
https://archive.org/details/memorialdiscourse00garn

-The mystery of space; a study of the hyperspace movement in the light of the evolution of new psychic faculties and an inquiry into the genesis and essential nature of space (Robert T. Brown)
https://archive.org/details/mysteryofspacest00brow

- Narrative of Henry Box Brown (Henry Box Brown) (1849)
https://archive.org/details/narrativeofhenry00brow

- A Narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince (Nancy Prince)
http://gutenberg.org/ebooks/63579

- Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown (Henry Box Brown) (1851)
https://books.google.com/books/about/Narrative_of_the_Life_of_Henry_Box_Brown.html?id=630IAAAAQAAJ
same edition also available here: https://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/brownbox/brownbox.html

- Narrative of the Life of J.D. Green, a Runaway Slave, from Kentucky by J. D. Green
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/15128

- Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave, by William Wells Brown
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/15132

- 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 Pennsylvania; a study in economic history (Richard R. Wright) (doctoral thesis)
https://archive.org/details/negroinpennsyl00wrig

- The Negro in the American Rebellion: His Heroism and His Fidelity, by William Wells Brown
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/50130

- The negro's origin: and is the negro cursed? by Benjamin T. Tanner
https://archive.org/details/negrosoriginisne00tann

- Open letter to President McKinley by colored people of Massachusetts (various including Archibald Henry Grimke)
https://archive.org/details/openlettertopres00colo

- The past and the present condition, and the destiny, of the colored race (Henry Highland Garnet)
https://archive.org/details/pastpresentcondi00garn

- Presbyterianism : its relation to the Negro ; illustrated by the Berean Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, with sketch of the Church and autobiography of the author (Matthew Anderson, 1847-1913)
https://archive.org/details/presbyterianismi00ande

- The Red Record (Ida B. Wells-Barnett)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/14977

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

- Sermons preached in the African Protestant Episcopal Church of St. Thomas', Philadelphia (William Douglass)
https://archive.org/details/sermonspreachedi00doug

- Services of colored Americans, in the wars of 1776 and 1812 (William C Nell)
https://archive.org/details/servicesofcolore00nell

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

- The Spanish-American War volunteer; Ninth United States volunteer infantry roster and muster; biographies; Cuban sketches (William Hilary Coston)
https://archive.org/details/spanishamericanwa00cost

- 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

- The United Negro: His Problems and His Progress (multiple authors)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/012502866

- The West Indies: Being a Description of the Islands, Progress of Christianity, Education, and Liberty Among the Colored Population Generally (Nancy Prince)
http://gutenberg.org/ebooks/63216

- What Shall the Harvest Be? (John Wesley Edward Bowen)
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100787436

- Why is the Negro Lynched? (Frederick Douglass)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/59116

- William Lloyd Garrison, the abolitionist (Archibald Henry Grimké)
https://archive.org/details/willloydgarrison00grimrich

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

- 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

- Idle Moments (Daniel Webster Davis)
https://archive.org/details/idlemomentsconta00davi

- 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) [claimed]
https://archive.org/details/oakandivy00dunbrich

- Poems (George Marion McClellan)
https://archive.org/details/poems00housgoog

- Poems by a slave (George M. Horton)
https://archive.org/details/poemsbyslave00hort

- 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

- The poetical works of George M. Horton : the colored bard of North-Carolina : to which is prefixed The life of the author (George M. Horton)
https://archive.org/details/poeticalworksofg00hort

- 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

- 'Weh Down Souf (Daniel Webster Davis)
https://archive.org/details/wehdownsoufando01davigoog

- The widening light (Carrie Williams Clifford)
https://archive.org/details/wideninglightbyc00clifiala

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

DRAMA

- The Mule Bone (Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19435

- Rachel, A Play in Three Acts (Angelina W. Grimke)
https://archive.org/details/rachelplayinthre00grim
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Post by MaryinArkansas » 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 MaryinArkansas » 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 MaryinArkansas » 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

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

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

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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