Early American Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Material

Early American Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Material: A bibliography of print criticism divided in categories designed to provide teachers and students a starting place for class preparation and research projects complied by Edward J. Gallagher up to 1999. For Recent Publications in the field of Early American studies, please consult: The Society of Early Americanists Page of Recent and Forthcoming Publications and Journals. Thank you.

African American Studies


Baum, Rosalie Murphy. "Early-American Literature: Reassessing the Black Contribution.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 27.4 (1994): 533-50.

Bergad, Laird. The Comparative Histories of Slavery in Brazil, Cuba, and the United States. New York: Cambridge UP, 2007.

Bruns, Roger, ed. Am I Not a Man and a Brother: The Antislavery Crusade of Revolutionary America, 1688-1788. New York: Chelsea, 1977.

Carretta, Vincent. Equiano the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man. Athens, U of Georgia P, 2005.

---, ed. Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1996.

Carretta, Vincent, and Philip Gould, ed. Genius in Bondage: Literature of the Black Atlantic. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 2001.

Christopher, Emma. Slave Ship Sailors and their Captive Cargoes, 1730–1807. New York: Cambridge UP, 2006.

Curtin, Philip D., ed. Africa Remembered: Narratives by West Africans from the Era of the Slave Trade. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1967.

Davis, David Brion. The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1975.

---. The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1966.

Dudley, William, ed. Slavery: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven, 1992.

Fox-Genovese, Elizabeth, and Eugene D. Genovese. The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders’ Worldview. New York: Cambridge UP, 2005.

Frost, J. William. "The Origins of the Quaker Crusade against Slavery: A Review of Recent Literature.” Quaker History 67.1 (1978): 42-58.

---, ed. Quaker Origins of Antislavery. Norwood: Norwood Editions, 1980.

Gilmore, John. The Poetics of Empire: A Study of James Grainger’s The Sugar Cane. London & New Brunswick, N. J.: Athlone Press, 2000.

Heywood, Linda M., and John K. Thornton. Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles, and the Foundation of the Americas, 1585–1660. New York: Cambridge UP, 2007.

Horton, James Oliver, and Lois E. Horton. In Hope of Liberty: Culture, Community, and Protest among Northern Free Blacks, 1700-1860. New York: Oxford UP, 1997.

Jackson, Blyden. The Long Beginning, 1746-1895. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 1989. Vol. 1 of A History of Afro-American Literature.

Jordan, Winthrop D. White over Black: American Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550-1812. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1968.

Krise, Thomas W. ed. Caribbeana: An Anthology of English Literature of the West Indies, 1657-1777. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1999.

McKitrick, Eric L. Slavery Defended: The Views of the Old South. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1963.

Morgan, Edmund S. American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia. New York: Norton, 1975.

Morgan, Philip D. Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry. Chapel Hill: Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

Mullin, Gerald W. Flight and Rebellion: Slave Resistance in Eighteenth-Century Virginia. New York: Oxford UP, 1972.

Nelson, Dana D. The Word in Black and White: Reading “Race” in American Literature, 1638-1867. New York: Oxford UP, 1992.

Parish, Peter J. Slavery: History and Historians. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.

Piersen, William D. From Africa to America: African American History from the Colonial Era to the Early Republic, 1526-1790. New York: Twayne, 1996.

Porter, Dorothy. Early Negro Writing, 1760-1837. 1971. Baltimore: Black Classics P, 1995.

Potkay, Adam, and Sandra Burr, eds. Black Atlantic Writers of the 18th Century: Living the New Exodus in England and the Americas. New York: St. Martin’s, 1995.

Raboteau, Albert J. Slave Religion: The Invisible Institution in the Antebellum South. New York: Oxford UP, 1971.

Saillant, John. Black Puritan, Black Republican: The Life and Thought of Lemuel Haynes, 1753-1833. New York: Oxford UP, 2003.

Sandiford, Keith Albert. The Cultural Politics of Sugar: Caribbean Slavery and Narratives of Colonialism. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge UP 2000.

Sensbach, Jon F. "Charting a Course in Early African-American History.” William and Mary Quarterly 50.2 (1993): 394-405.

Sobel, Mechal. The World They Made Together: Black and White Values in Eighteenth-Century Virginia. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1987.

Shuffelton, Frank, ed. Mixed Race: Ethnicity in Early America. New York: Oxford UP, 1993.

Thornton, John Kelly. Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1680. New York: Cambridge UP, 1992.

Tise, Larry E. Proslavery: A History of the Defense of Slavery in America, 1701-1840. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1987.

Wood, Peter H. Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion. New York: Knopf, 1974.

Wright, Donald R. African Americans in the Colonial Era: From African Origins through the American Revolution. Arlington Heights: Harlan Davidson, 1990.

---. African Americans in the Early Republic, 1789-1831. Arlington Heights: Harlan Davidson, 1993.

Zimbardo, Rose, and Benilde Montgomery, eds. African-American Culture in the Eighteenth Century. Spec. issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies 27:4 (1994): 527-692.