The following collection of thematically related readings is available
in Jubilee and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature
"Virginia Portrait" by Sterling A. Brown
(from The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown, © 1980)
Summary: For the woman in this poem, a serene winter arrives at last.
Excerpt from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet
Summary: Harriet Jacobs escaped from her owners, hid for nearly seven
years, then fled north in 1842. Still in danger, she was bought by friends
and freed in 1852. Her autobiography describes experiences that parallel
"Raise a Ruckus Tonight" and "Many Thousand Gone" edited
by Jerry Silverman
(from Slave Songs, © 1994)
Summary: The first song tells of promises broken. The second is a reaction
"Come Up From the Fields Father" by Walt Whitman
Summary: Whitman's poem captures the emotions of those on the home front
who wait for their men to come back from the Civil War.
"The Sheriff's Children" by Charles Waddell Chesnutt
Summary: In this story, Charles Waddell Chesnutt shows a devasting consequence
of the color line in post-Civil War America.
"Traveling the Long Road to Freedom by Conovan Webster
(from Smithsonian Magazine, © 1996)
Summary: This article tells how an African-American historian followed
the footsteps of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad 150 years
"To the University of Cambridge, in New-England" by Phillis
Summary: Phillis Wheatley founded the African American literary tradition.
Here she offers advice to the Harvard students of her time.
"To Phillis Wheatley" by Lisa Clayton
(from Testimony, © 1995)
Summary: A young Harvard woman in the 1990s thinks about her ties with
Wheatley and poses questions she would like to ask her if she could.