The United States of America historically has been unkind to minority (non-Western) peoples with the treatment of African Americans arguably being the worst. Nevertheless, brave men and women have used ink and pen as weapons to fight injustice and have produced some of the most beautiful literature in the world. Here are some resources to better understand the African American context and voice.
“A History of Slavery in the United States” is an easy, interactive timeline of slavery in the U.S.
“Slavery and the Making of America” a guide to slavery in the States by PBS
“Freedom’s Story: Teaching African American Literature and History” by the National Humanities Center
“African American Spirituals” by The McGraw-Hill Companies
Introduction to Uncle Tom’s Cabin (video) by PBS’ “American Experience”