Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), the son of former slaves and a prominent black novelist and poet, often depicted the harsh reality of black American life in the early 1900s. In “The Faith Cure Man,” Dunbar tells a story about a poor mother who is willing to believe in anything that might cure her sick daughter. As you read, take notes on the author’s characterization of the different characters, and what this reveals about the theme. This text is for grade 10 readers. The Faith Cure Man by Paul Laurence Dunbar is in the public domain.