Saturday, September 5, 2015

A partial timeline of memoirs & autobiographies by black men

By Jeremiah Carter

1845: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
1847: Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave by William Wells Brown
1849: Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave, Written by Himself by Henry Bibb
1851: Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown by Henry Box Brown
1855: My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass
1901: Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
1940: The Big Sea by Langston Hughes
1945: Black Boy by Richard Wright
1955: Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
1956: I Wonder as I Wander by Langston Hughes
1965: The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
1965: Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown
1968: Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver
1973: Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton
1995: Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America by Nathan McCall
1995: Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
1999: The Substance of Things Hoped for: A Memoir of African-American Faith by Samuel Dewitt Proctor
2006: The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama
2008: The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood by Ta-Nehisi Coates
2010: Decoded by Jay-Z
2012: How to be Black by Baratunde Thurston
2013: High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society by Carl Hart

Black Poetry: A Timeline, 1854 - 2015 

Jeremiah Carter is a graduate student in English at SIUE and a contributing writer for the Cultural Front.  

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