Sunday, February 21, 2016

Chronological list of 50 books by African American writers from the 20th century

Here's a list of 50 books by African Americans in chronological order from the 20th century that a group of my students have been browsing and using as the basis for class projects.The list is not exhaustive.
[Related: List of 50 African American books in alphabetical order from the 20th century

Chronological list of 50 books by African American writers

1903: Du Bois, W. E. B. The Souls of Black Folks
1912: Johnson, James Weldon The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
1925: Locke, Alain. The New Negro
1926: Hughes, Langston. The Weary Blues
1929: Larsen, Nella. Passing
1933: Woodson, Carter G. The Mis-Education of the Negro
1937: Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God
1940: Wright, Richard. Native Son
1941: Wright, Richard. 12 Million Black Voices
1942: Walker, Margaret. For My People
1945: Wright, Richard. Black Boy
1946: Petry, Ann. The Street
1952: Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man
1963: Baraka, Amiri. Blues People
1965: Malcolm X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
1966: Walker, Margaret. Jubilee
1969: Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
1970: Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye
1970: Giovanni, Nikki. Black Feeling Black Talk/Black Judgement
1972: Reed, Ishmael. Mumbo Jumbo
1972: Bambara, Toni Cade. Gorilla, My Love
1973: Morrison, Toni. Sula
1973: Giovanni, Nikki. Ego-Tripping And Other Poems for Young People
1976: Haley, Alex. Roots
1976: Reed, Ishmael. Flight to Canada
1976: Redmond, Eugene Drumvoices
1976: Butler, Octavia. Patternmaster
1977: Morrison, Toni. Song of Solomon
1977: Butler, Octavia. Mind of My Mind
1979: Butler, Octavia. Kindred
1980: Butler, Octavia. Wild Seed
1981: hooks, bell. Ain't I a Woman?: Black women and feminism
1982: Naylor, Gloria. The Women of Brewster Place
1982: Walker, Alice. The Color Purple
1984: Butler, Octavia. Clay’s Ark
1984: Lorde, Audre. Sister Outsider
1987: Morrison, Toni. Beloved
1987: Wilson, Julius William. The Truly Disadvantaged
1988: Gates, Henry Louis. Signifying Monkey
1990: Mosley, Walter. Devil in a Blue Dress
1990: Johnson, Charles. Middle Passage
1992: Jones, Edward P. Lost in the City
1993: Gaines, Ernest. A Lesson Before Dying
1994: Danticat, Edwidge. Breath, Eyes, Memory
1994: Rose, Tricia. Black Noise
1994: West, Cornel. Race Matters
1995: Butler, Octavia. Bloodchild and other stories
1996: Danticat, Edwidge. Krik? Krak!
1999: Whitehead, Colson. The Intuitionist 
1999: Souljah, Sister. The Coldest Winter Ever

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