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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
316                  CHURCH REVIEW.

  Again, there is another kind of Negro literature which I feel
bound to mention. Our literary ambition does not stop at
journalistic work; we are publishing books and pamphlets, treat-
ing upon history, religion, science and art.  We have books
upon the civil and political status of the race; we have poems,
and songs, all noble examples of the race's literary achievement&
In order to give our readers an idea of what is being accom-
plished in this direction, I give the names and authors of a few
that adorn the alcoves of our reading element to-day. "In Plain
Black and White," by T. Thomas Fortune; "The New South
Investigated," by Prof. D. A. Straker; "The Negro Laborer,"
by Prof. W.H. Council; "Men of Mark," by Rev.W. J. Simmons;
"History of the Negro Race," "Negro Soldiers in the Late War,"
by Geo. W. Williams; "Life and Times of Frederick Douglass,"
by himself; "Temperament and Pathology of Mixed Races," by
Prof. J. P. Sampson; "The Black Phalanx," by Jos. T. Wil-
liams; "The Negro in the Rebellion," by Wm. Wells Brown;
"The Life of John Jasper," by F  A. Randolph; "Colored
Patriots of the American Revolution," by W. C. Nell; "First
Lessons in Greek," "Birds of Aristophanes," "Our political
Status,"  Audocrides`" (Greek-now ready for the press, by
Prof. W. S. Scarborough; "Outline History of the A. M. E.
Church," "Origin of the Negro," by Bishop B. T. Tanner;
"Church Polity," by Bishop Turner; "Cyclopedia of Methodism,"
by Bishop Wayman; "Domestic Education," "Recollections
of Seventy years,""History of the A. M. E. Church," by Bishop
D. A. Payne; "History of the Black Brigade," by Peter H.
Clark; "Liberia," etc, by T. McCants Stewart; "Not a man and
Yet a Man," by A. A. Whitman; "Music and Some Highly Mu-
sical People," by Jas. M. Trotter; " Underground Railroad," by
Wm. Still; volume of speeches, by Hon. J. M. Langston; "Plan-
tation Melodies," by Dr. W. N. Taylor; "The Negro Prob-
lem," by Dr. A. Crummell; "Science and the Method of Teach-
ing," by Prof. D. B. Williams; volume of orations by Bishop
B. W. Arnett; "Condition, Elevation, etc., of the Colored Peo-
ple of the United States, Politically Considered," by Martin R.
Delaney. There are many other valuable productions by Negro
authors, which, for the want of space are omitted; and I add
that many of the above named authors have written several
books, and I have endeavored to select from them those that
seem to be most widely circulated.
  The sphere of Negro literatue rapidly broadens as the means
for literary attainments become more accessible, and a greater
opportunity is afforded for extending our literary researches.
Th  Negro press is the bulwark of our success, a focus of race
thought, ability and accomplishments; in it lies our history and
rapid development, our power and position in the nation.  It
is a medium of rae communiation, an educator and a director.
It not only furnishes  proof our advancement and possibili-
ties, but even divulges our shortcomings and weaknesses.  Re
tracing the rapid progress of Negro literatmre from the present


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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