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African American Women Writers

Charlotte L. Forten (1837-1914) was an African American writer, teacher and anti-slavery activist. The author of a handful of poems and essays which were published in newspapers and magazines (including the Atlantic Monthly, the Boston Commonwealth, the New England Magazine and others), she is best-remembered today for her Journals, which one critic called, in keeping with the rhetoric of his time, 'a moving record of the reactions of a sensitive young Negro to the white world about her' (The Journal of Charlotte Forten, A Free Negro in the Slave Era, 1953). The importance of the Journals as a social, cultural (as well as literary) document has not faded with the death of its author; on the contrary, its significance increased as the campaign for equal rights continued well into the twentieth century.

Genre: Autobiography and memoirs; Diaries; History books

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