Twentieth-Century African American Literature

What it means to be black in the twentieth century and what the relationship is between black and white America is explored in these stories united by two themes: the quest for identity and the quest to understand the past.

  • Family, J. California Cooper
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain, James Baldwin
  • The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  • The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  • Your Blues Ain't Like My Blues, Bebe Moore Campbell