What is it about?

This is my introductory essay to the regular column I write for the American Book Review. In it one finds the "blueprints" I hope to follow in future columns. Future essays will explore African American culture from a critical perspective with an emphasis on literature.

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Why is it important?

The essay provides a personal account of how the author views himself as an African American writer.


The American Book Review is an important publication for anyone attempting to keep up with the trends of contemporary literature.

E. Ethelbert Miller

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This page is a summary of: The Volunteer Negro, American Book Review, June 2022, Project Muse,
DOI: 10.1353/abr.2022.0061.
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