THIS IS NOT A BOOK ABOUT BONDAGE-though its pages bleed with evidence of slavery's cruel reign. Neither is it a chronicle of the Reconstruction era or twentieth-century racial strife, though these events have left indelible marks on the lives of the authors. First and foremost, it is a collection of literature, replete with pain, joy, humor, wisdom-the range of human experiences and expressions-all set within the context of black history. This Prestwick House anthology captures the essence of the African American canon with an assortment of poems, essays, short stories, speeches, and excerpted autobiographies spanning three centuries. Featuring Toni Morrison's short story Recitatif, alongside seasoned classics by Paul Laurence Dunbar, W.E.B. Du Bois, and others, this volume is an indispensable part of any personal library or classroom curriculum.