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Essays on Authors

Below are essays highlighting just a few of the more than 250 authors included on the black self-publishing list. The essays give more biographical information and details on the printing and publishing of their works. A list of all the authors on the site and search tips are available on the Searching Authors page.

Essays on Printers

The printers represented range from small-town printers who print everything in their town, to printers with abolitionist sentiments, to newspaper offices. Seventeen works on our list were printed by known black printers, linking the text to the black printing trade and spheres of black enterprise and readership in early America. Information on black printers is scarce. The stories of two such black printers are highlighted below.