Case 7: 1915-1929
In 1915 D. W. Griffith's infamous film Birth of a Nation was released. It was during this period that W. E. B. Dubois strongly encouraged black writers to create books specifically for black children. In response The Brownie's Book, a children's version of the NAACP magazine, was published during the 1920s, featuring a variety of stories and articles. Most children's books, however, resembled those written after the turn of the century.
Murray, Gail Schmunk. American Children's Literature and the Construction of Childhood. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1998.
Fahs, Alice. The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North and South, 1861 - 1865. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990.
Joseph A. Before the Dawn, a Story of the Fall of Richmond. New
York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1903. Williamson Collection PS
3501 L85 B44 1903.
Alice T. Yankee Girl at Shiloh. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing
6. Brownie's Book, July 1920. Photograph courtesy of the Schomberg Center for the Study of Black Culture.
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