AWM’s walls reflect America back to itself through the words of its greatest writers. Every day we rediscover how these past works remain relevant to the themes and issues contemporary writers are still exploring.

Read these five writers in 2018 to understand current-day debates about identity in America:

Frederick Douglass

In this, Douglass’s bicentennial year, the country will be celebrating his writing and speeches on slavery, equality and the abolition movement. AWM in 2018 will feature Douglass and his journey to literary prowess — he learned to read and write in secret, as it was illegal for slaves — in our Writers’ Room.

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Zora Neale Hurston

More than 50 years after she died, Hurston will dominate the bestseller lists when her unpublished book Baccaroon hits shelves this spring. The book tells the story of the last known survivor of the Transatlantic slave trade, Cudjo Lewis, one of many former slaves Hurston interviewed during her life’s work as an anthropologist and a writer.

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María Amparo Ruiz de Burton

The first Mexican-American woman to publish a novel in English in the United States, de Burton wrote during the Civil War era about conquered populations in Baja California and about American imperialism.

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Edith Wharton

Life in the gilded age wasn’t all shiny and gold, and Wharton’s stiletto-sharp observations of the hollow conventions of upper-class morality and marriage still resonate, as Americans grapple with evolving social norms in a new age of economic inequality.

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Vine Victor Deloria, Jr.

A champion of Native American rights, Deloria is primarily known for his book Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto, as well as his work as a lawyer and theologian. His writing shines a historical light on current Native work across the country to preserve public lands and water rights.

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