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Toni Morrison Primary Sources

Historical documents. What clues can you gather about Toni Morrison, the time, place, players, and culture?

On to Disneyland and Real Unreality

A 1973 essay by Morrison on race relations.

On the Backs of Blacks

A 1993 essay by Morrison on race.

Nobel Lecture

Toni Morrison's 1993 Nobel lecture.

Nobel Banquet Speech

The speech Morrison gave at the banquet honoring her prize.

"First Black President"

Morrison's widely misquoted essay about former President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial.

The Day, and its Splendid Parts

An essay by Morrison about the joys of outdoor cooking.


An excerpt from Morrison's 1987 novel.

Review of Beloved

A 1987 review of the novel by the author Margaret Atwood.

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