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FC: Inspiring & Influential American Authors from 1860-2008 Created by: Sarah J Genewski
1: Frederick Douglass 1818-1895
2: Frederick Douglass was a well-known American abolitionist, editor, orator, inspiring author, statesman, and reformer (Wikipedia, 2008). "I would unite with anybody to do right, and with nobody to do wrong" -F. Douglass
3: Walt Whitman 1819-1892 "The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. " -W. Whitman
4: Walt Whitman was an essayist, journalist, humanist, and American poet. He was refered to as the "Father of Freeverse" and wrote with passion by incorporating human sexuality, while accepting societal conflict for his style of poetry. Walt Whitman opposed slavery and strived to relate to the common people by identifying with their experiences through his deep, meaningful selection of words (Wikipedia, 2008). "The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people. " - Walt Whitman
5: Emily Dickinson 1830-1886
6: Emily Dickinson was an inspiring poet, an existentialist and a woman with common attributes, transformed through her words (Johnson, 1964). Emily Dickinson spoke of truth, while incorporating the trials and tribulations of an average individual, in nearly eighteen-hundred poems and over a thousand letters (Sewall, 1994). "The Soul selects her own Society--- Then--shuts the Door--- To her divine Majority--- Present no more----" E. Dickinson
7: Langston Hughes 1902-1967
8: "My soul has grown deep like the rivers" L. Hughes | Langston Hughes was a novelist, social activist, short story writer, playwright, and an American poet during the Harlem Renaissance (Wikipedia, 2008).
9: Robert Frost 1874-1963
10: "Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence." - R. Frost | "A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom" - R. Frost
11: Theodor Seuss Geisel | 1904-1991
12: 'Dr. Seuss' was a writer, animator and cartoonist. His accomplishments included publishing over sixty children's books (Wikipedia, 2008). "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" - Dr. Seuss “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” -Dr. Seuss
13: Oscar Brown Jr. 1926-2005
14: Oscar Brown Jr. was a singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, playwright and poet (Wikipedia, 2008). The poem children of children captures societial issues pertaining to the present... The Children of Children, By the time their half grown, have habits like rabbits and have young of their own, The Children of Children, From their momma's laps, hop down to the ground to be taken in traps, The Children of Children, Are trapped by dark skins, to stay in and play in a game no one wins, The Children of Children, While still young and sweet, are all damned and programmed for future defeat, The Children of Children, Are trapped by adults, who fail them, then jail them, to hide the results, The Children of Children, Unable to cope with systems that twist them and rob them of hope, The Children of Children, Of sin and ashame, keep pairing and bearing, and who do we blame? The Children of Children, Cry out every day, they beg you for rescue and what do you say?
15: Maya Angelou 1928-
16: Maya Angelou was an American poet, author, playwright, dancer, and, producer. She was also an important figure of the American Civil Rights Movement (Wikipedia, 2008). "'We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.'" -M. Angelou 'One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. ' M. Angelou
17: Shel Silverstein 1930-1999
18: Shel Silverstein was an American Poet, songwriter, composer, cartoonist, musician, screenwriter, and author of children's books. " When I was a kid -12, 14 around there- I would much rather have been a good baseball player or a hit with the girls. But I couldn't play ball, I couldn't dance. Luckily, the girls didn't want me; not much I could do about that, so I started to draw and write. I was also greatful I didn't have anybody to copy, be impressed by. I had developed my own style., I was creating before I knew there was a Thurber, a Benchley, a Price, and a Steinberg. I never saw their work till I was around 30. By the time I got to where I was attracting girls, I was already into work, and it was more important to me. Not that I wouldn't rather make love, but the work has become a habit." - Jean F. Mercier - "Shel Silverstein," Publishers Weekly, February 24, 1975.
19: Toni Morrison 1931- "We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives." -T. Morrison
20: Toni Morrison was the first black woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (Wikipedia, 2008). She inspired many through her many talents as an American author, editor, and professor.
21: Works Cited A Mother's Day Gift: Prose by Maya Angelou. 4 Jul. 2008
22: Oregano, Ronald. Oscar Brown Jr. Image. 4 Jul. 2008
23: Walt Whitman. 6 Jul. 2008