Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



This thesis will deal with Paul Laurence Dunbar's treatment of plantation life. A background of the era of slavery and the post-slavery period is given to acquaint the reader with the institution of slavery and its aftermath, inasmuch as the literature which Paul Laurence Dunbar wrote portrays the life of the slave and of the freedman.

Chapter II relates the story of Dunbar's life and will serve to explain where most of his subject matter was derived. Chapter III deals primarily with Dunbar's poems in Negro dialect which depict life on the plantation.

The writer did an intensive study of all of Dunbar's poms in Negro dialect and read all of his primary works. Due to a scarcity of material available the writer was unable to do more research.

Purpose of Study

The purpose of this study is to discover Dunbar's conception of plantation life through the study of his poems in Negro dialect depicting plantation sentimentalism, family life, social life, and the religious life of the slave and the freedman.

Scope of Study

The scope of this study will extend from the introduction of slavery into America in 1618 to the year of Dunbar's death in 1906, The writer read all of Dunbar's poems in Negro dialect, his primary works, Negro histories, and criticisms by authorities in the field of Negro literature.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Louise Porter McDonald

Committee Member

Malcolm A. Davis


Prairie View Agricultural And Mechanical College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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