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African-American Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1880-1920

"The true test of the progress of a people is to be found in their literature"
-- Daniel Alexander Payne Murray

Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress

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The Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Benjamin W. Arnett, Alexander Crummel, and Emanuel Love.
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The Progress of a People

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Timeline of African American History, 1852-1925:
1852-1880 | 1881-1900 | 1901-1925

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