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Dr. Larry Oliver, Fall 2014
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Critical Essays on James Weldon Johnson

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Critical Essays on James Weldon Johnson - Lawrence J. Oliver
Call Number: PS3519.O2625
ISBN: 0783800339
Publication Date: 1997

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This guide will introduce you to some of the best library and web resources for your Introduction to Africana Studies class. If you have suggestions for how to improve this guide please contact me at, 979-845-1951.


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MLA Literary Research Guide

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Literary Encyclopedia

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Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

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