A Quick History On African American Authors From 21 Black Street
The rising market trend for African American authors began in the 60’s with the civil rights movements but the impact of African American authors was felt before America was a nation when published black writers were slaves and abolitionists.
First to make a name was Phillis Wheatley, brought from Africa as a child and sold in Boston to the Wheatleys. She spoke no English upon arrival but under the tutelage of her owners mastered the language and as a bound slave she published Poems on Various Subjects in 1773, nearly 100 years passed before another major work of African American Literature was published in 1845. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. The book was published after Douglas escaped slavery for the second time. Shortly thereafter the American Civil War began, ushering in new educational freedom for African Americans.
At the turn of the 20th century, African American book clubs were formed and a new black culture where books were shared in the informal book clubs. There was a debate between Booker T Washington and W.E.B. DuBois on how African Americans can better themselves.
With the turn of the 21st century brought another kind of revolution to the publishing world. From child targeted to adult eBooks, ingenuous metaphors on culture and race identity. The Internet has somewhat revolutionized publishing when it comes to niche markets, most notably African American authors. From African American book clubs to eBooks has been its own journey. Take a look at its history to get a true understanding of this impact.
Education advances in the 20th century led to expanded black cultural awareness across America. Early African American literature was often political or spiritual in nature when published African American authors were slaves and abolitionists but the first published book by an African American was the poetry of Phillis Wheatley.
African American authors looking to be published are exploring the internet black eBook industry where the African American Literature eBook niche market is thriving even in this difficult economy.
Any search shows that poets, fiction, novels, advice, history and adult eBooks are plentiful which means African American Literature is not just a book case in your local library.