We Wear the Mask.


While the original topic for this program is extremely interesting (discussing the emergence of African American literature in the United States as early as 1760), it features a very special moment. The author, an African American professor of English, was doing some research in a collection of papers at the Library of Congress when she ran across a familiar name, which turned out to be her great-grandfather, who had been brought to the United States as a slave. The program ends with her reading her great-grandfather's poem, "God Made Man, Man Made the Slave," which is also the title of his autobiography she helped in getting published. She is now teaching at Washington University in St. Louis.

Daniel – Fri, 06/19/2009 – 08:36