African American have gad a long battle against oppression. The burden of colour and race add to this problem and life had become one long struggle to find one''s moorings.When negotiations, Bills and Laws failed to give them their status, they had to seek outlets for their emotions. Starting with a feeble voice, they went to register their protest with such an intensity that they made it sure that they were heard. The sense of inferiority plaguing them had to be substituted by something concrete and stable. Literary writing was the most effective form. Aesthetics cannot be seen in isolation from history. The writers studied in this volume stand testimony to this.