Modern Beginnings: William Wells Brown, Charles Waddell Chesnutt, Martin R. Delany, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Sutton E. Griggs, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and Frank J. Webb
Early American authors generally limited themselves to writing with a rhetorical purpose—promotion tracts, community histories, sermons, biographies and autobiographies, or didactic poems. Black writers were well acquainted with these forms, and when they combined this awareness with their familiarity with the slave narrative and the Afro-American oral tradition, they created a medium out of which a distinctively black fiction easily emerged.
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