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IN CONTEXT

Focus

Contemporary African-American literature

Before

1953 James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain captures the pain of life in a racist society.

1976 Alex Haley’s novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family traces family history back to slavery.

1982 Alice Walker reveals the hardships of African-American women’s lives in the 1930s in The Color Purple.

After

1997 Junot Díaz’s sizzling prose paints a picture of the Dominican-American diaspora in his story collection Drown.

1998 Edwidge Danticat recounts the 1937 massacre of Haitian cane workers in The Farming of Bones.

By the end of the 20th century, African-American writing had grown from the ...

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