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Bearing Witness: Selections from African-American Autobiography in the Twentieth Century

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This collection from the rich literature of African American autobiography documents the experience of being black in America, from slavery to present day, in the words of Frederick Douglass, Toni Morrison, and forty other contributors.


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Paperback, 385 pages
Published November 17th 1998 by Pantheon (first published August 6th 1991)
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Holly
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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I read this book in high school and it introduced me to many writers who would become my favorite authors, companions and sages. bell hooks, Claude Brown, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin and Malcolm X: my reading list never looked the same, nor did my understanding of the world.
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May 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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certain misogynist and homophobic views of some of the authors were quite disappointing, but the good essays were so good that i give the book four stars. there were a lot of women writers included, too, which was awesome.
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In this book, each chapter is a different story of a famous African American who tell their own story that impacted their lives. Recommended if you are interested in seeing different perspectives of lives
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Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a Professor of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. He is well-known as a literary critic, an editor of literature, and a proponent of black literature and black cultural studies.