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First published anonymously in 1912, this resolutely unsentimental novel gave many white readers their first glimpse of the double standard -- and double consciousness -- that ruled the lives of black people in modern America. Republished in 1927, at the height…

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books…

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This fascinating story follows the life of young biracial man in early twentieth century America.  He must confront not only the racism of the society around him, but also his own racial demons.  As the novel progresses, the young man finds himself…

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CONTENTS              PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR    A Negro Love Song    Little Brown Baby    Ships That Pass in the Night    Lover's Lane…

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(E.B. Marks). "Late in his life, composer J. Rosamond Johnson (Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing) submitted to his longtime publisher, E.B. Marks, a list of songs that would comprise a volume of his best early popular songs written with his pre-1910 partner Bob Cole and…

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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The Ex-Colored Man’s mother protected him as a child and teenager. Because of the money provided by his father, she had the means to raise him in an environment more middle-class than many blacks could enjoy at the time. After the boy’s mother dies, he is a poor…

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The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is a revolutionary document of Afro-American culture: the first first-person novel ever written by a black, it became a powerful model for later novelists Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Ralph Ellison. Johnson’s…

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The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson is the fictional telling of the story of a young biracial man, referred to only as the "Ex-Colored Man", living in post Reconstruction era America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.…

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We…