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African American Experience: Memoirs and Essays

Personal writing by African-American authors can transcend self-reflection, becoming meditations on history, justice, and freedom from oppression. From Frederick Douglass’s first autobiography to Malcolm X’s incendiary account of his political awakening, the memoirs and essays in this series reveal as much about society as they do about their authors.

Books in this Series

  • Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • William Baker, Jesse Owens: An American Life
  • James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son
  • Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
  • Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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