In this course we will study works of fiction and nonfiction by African American writers from the eighteenth century to 1920. Through class discussion and assignments, students will learn about the early African American literary tradition and its historical, cultural, and imaginative power. Writers covered may include Phillis Wheatley, David Walker, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Frances Harper, Ida B. Wells, Pauline Hopkins, and W. E. B. Du Bois, among others. In addition to reading assignments, work may include presentations, short writing assignments, essay or multi-modal assignments, quizzes, and/or exams.