Streaming video from Films On Demand: Set in the antebellum American South, but written after emancipation, Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains a classic of American literature. This program compares Twain's depiction of Southern vernacular culture to that of Charles Chestnutt and Kate Chopin, and in doing so, introduces the hallmarks of American Realism.
The critical reception of Joel Chandler Harris's Uncle Remus Tales has often interpreted these animal fables as allegories of American slavery. The author of this article instead asks what it might mean to take seriously the numerous historical, political and philosophical questions posed by the animal ''form'' that these characters assume.
Notable African American Writers contains 80 essays on important African American writers in all genres- from slave narratives to abolitionist tracts, from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s to the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The link goes directly to the chapter on Chesnutt.
Streaming Video: This program presents the authors of the American Gilded Age, such as Edith Wharton, and juxtaposes them with social realists like Anzia Yezierska. These writers expose the double world that made up turn–of-the–century New York: that of the elite and that of the poorest of the poor. Which of these realities is the more truly American?
This special edition of Du Bois's seminal work includes historical woodcuts and engravings, photos and documents. Most of the photos, engravings, and documents are from the 19th and early 20th century and depict American slavery and its legacy, African-American life, and the prominent figures and events associated with the book's content. Assembled by Eugene F. Provenzo Jr., this illustrated edition of The Souls of Black Folk also offers extensive annotations, commentary and related materials from government, the media, advertising, and popular culture.