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date: 18 May 2021

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This article examines African American literary traditions during the nineteenth century. It suggests that African American literary history of this time is often taken to be a rather self-evident tradition and describes the collection of works published by African American writers that were considered to have a literary veil obscuring the real work of political protest and activism. The article analyzes the works of William Wells Brown, Martin Delany, and William Grimes in the context of African American literary and cultural theory.

Keywords: African American literature, literary tradition, political protest, activism, William Wells Brown, Martin Delany, William Grimes

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