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Black History and Blacks in U.S. History
Pioneer African-American Writers

Black History and Blacks in U.S. History
Black History and Blacks in U.S. History


Pioneer African-American Writers
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 8 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.99

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    prominence, best, mainstream, washington, beginning, best-seller, home-cooked, tags, spacecraft, inequality, inner-city, bounty, knowledge, literature, inspiration, preschoolers
     content words:    Phillis Wheatley, Various Subjects, Frederick Douglass, Du Bois, Booker T., Up From Slavery, Harlem Renaissance, New York, Claude McKay, World War


Pioneer African-American Writers
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Pioneers explore new lands. On their return, they share their knowledge of new places, and everyone is a little bit wiser.
 
2     Some people become pioneers without ever boarding a covered wagon, an ocean-going ship, or a spacecraft. They find knowledge in their own experiences, and they find ways to share that knowledge with the world. Many of the pioneers of African-American literature found their inspiration in past experiences. By writing autobiographies, essays, poems, stories, and novels, they shared their experiences with others.
 
3     The first published African-American writer was Phillis Wheatley. She was born in Africa and came to America as a slave. By the time she was a teenager, she was already writing poems in her new language, English. Her formal language reflected the style of English appreciated by educated people of her day. A collection of her poems, Poems on Various Subjects, was published in 1773.
 
4     After his second escape from slavery, Frederick Douglass published his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, in 1845. In this autobiography, he tells of never having a birthday because, like many slaves, he never knew the date of his birth.

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Black History and Blacks in U.S. History
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United States
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    American Government  
 
    Black History and Blacks in U.S. History  
 
    Children in History  
 
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    Hispanic Heritage  
 
    How Can I Help?  
 
 
    Immigration  
 
    National Parks and Monuments  
 
    Native Americans  
 
    Presidents of the United States  
 
    Women's History  
 


United States History
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    American Revolution  
 
    Cold War
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    Lewis and Clark
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    Pearl Harbor  
 
    Spanish American War (1898)  
 
    The 1890's  
 
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    The 1960's  
 
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    The 2000's  
 
    The Civil War
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    The Great Depression
(1929-1945)
 
 
    The United States Grows
(1865-1900)
 
 
    The War of 1812  
 
    Wild, Wild West  
 
    World War I
(1914-1918)
 
 
    World War II  
 


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