Paul Laurence Dunbar
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Editor's Note:  Paul Laurence Dunbar was the second African-American poet of distinction, the first being Phillis Wheatley.  Dunbar wrote extensively in the Negro dialect that evolved during the slave years and lasted into the early 20th century.  I include some of these poems, not because I have any nostalgia for those awful times, but because they are charming and beautiful.  I also feel that they exemplify the dignity of African-Americans under those harsh conditions.  Sadly, Dunbar died at a young age.



Little Brown Baby
Lover's Lane
We Wear the Mask
When de Co'n Pone's Hot