In the Passion of Literature series, most of the focus was on the Southern states. However, Phyllis M. Belt-Beyan, the author of “The Emergence of African American Literacy Traditions: Family and Community Efforts in the Nineteenth Century” expands that and presents an overall view of the traditions of early black literary societies,families and institutions invisible and visible. Below are excerpts from her book which can be found on Amazon and other retail bookstores. This particular excerpt focuses on the community.
Excerpts from The Emergence of African American Literacy Traditions