Martin R. Delany: A Documentary Reader

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 507 pages
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Martin R. Delany (1812-85) has been called the "Father of Black Nationalism," but his extraordinary career also encompassed the roles of abolitionist, physician, editor, explorer, politician, army officer, novelist, and political theorist. Despite his eno
  

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One of the most influential African American leaders of the 19th century, abolitionist, physician, and editor Delany (1812-85) is considered the father of black nationalism. Gathered here are 100 ... Read full review

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With this book and his "Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity," Levine has brought to the larger world a better understanding of a neglected nineteenth century activist, often misrepresented, though almost as often celebrated for particular rather than general contributors to African American and American history and literature. Proud of his blackness and working without white assistance or guidance as far as he could, Delany had a hard row to hoe, but worked for his people and self from Chicago to Canada to Nigeria to London to South Carolina as newspaperman,lecturer, doctor, fictioneer, African explorer, Civil War recruiter, US Army Major, and Reconstruction officer.  

Contents

Part One Pittsburgh the Mystery Freemasonry
25
Prospectus of the Mystery
30
Not Fair
32
Liberty or Death
34
Young Women
35
SelfElevation Tract Society
36
Farewell to Readers of the Mystery
38
Eulogy on the Life and Character of the Rev Fayette Davis
41
Letter to Henry Ward Beecher 17 June 1858
325
Canada Captain John Brown
328
Martin R Delany in Liberia
332
Official Report of the Niger Valley Exploring Party
336
The International Statistical Congress
358
Africa and the African Race
362
Letter to James T Holly 15 January 1861
365
Letter to Robert Hamilton 28 September 1861
368

Its Introduction into the United States and Legitimacy among Colored Men A Treatise Delivered Before St Cyprian Lodge No 13 June 24th AD 1853...
49
Part Two The North Star
69
Western Tour for the North Star
73
True Patriotism
137
Sound the Alarm
141
Liberia
144
Political Economy
149
Domestic Economy
151
Southern Customs Madame Chevalier
157
Annexation of Cuba
160
The Redemption of Cuba
167
Letter to M H Burnham 5 October 1849
170
Delany and Frederick Douglass on Samuel R Ward
175
Part Three Debating Black Emigration
181
Protest against the First Resolution of the North American Convention
187
The Condition Elevation Emigration and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States
189
Letter to Oliver Johnson 30 April 1852
217
Letter to William Lloyd Garrison 14 May 1852
219
Letter to Frederick Douglass 10 July 1852
221
Delany and Douglass on Uncle Toms Cabin
224
Letter to Douglass 30 May 1853
238
Call for a National Emigration Convention of Colored Men to Be Held in Cleveland Ohio on the 24th 25th and 26th of August 1854
240
Letter to Douglass 7 November 1853
243
Political Destiny of the Colored Race on the American Continent
245
Political Aspect of the Colored People of the United States
280
What Does It Mean?
291
Letter to Garrison 19 February 1859
295
Blake or The Huts of America
297
Comets
313
Part Four Africa
315
A Project for an Expedition of Adventure to the Eastern Coast of Africa
320
Letter to James McCune Smith 11 January 1862
370
Letter to the Weekly AngloAfrican 22 January 1862
372
The Moral and Social Aspect of Africa
373
Part Five Civil War and Reconstruction
377
Letter to Edwin M Stanton 15 December 1863
383
The CouncilChamber President Lincoln
385
The Colored Citizens of Xenia
389
Two Documents
392
Prospects of the Freedmen of Hilton Head
396
Triple Alliance The Restoration of the South Salvation of Its Political Economy
401
Letter to the Colored Delegation 22 February 1866
403
Letter to Andrew Johnson 25 July 1866
406
Letter to Henry Highland Garnet 27 July 1867
409
Reflections on the War
411
To the Students of Wilberforce University Being Adapted to the Capacity of the NewlyEnfranchised Citizens the Freedmen
415
Homes for the Freedmen
425
Delany and Frederick Douglass Letter Exchange 1871
431
Delany for Lieutenant Governor
442
The South and Its Foes
448
Delany for Hampton
452
Politics on Edisto Island
456
Part Six The Republic of Liberia
459
Letter on President Warner of Liberia 1866
463
The African Exodus
466
The Origin of Races and Color with an Archeological Compendium of Ethiopian and Egyptian Civilization from Years of Careful Examination and ...
468
Letter to William Coppinger 18 December 1880
484
Chronology
487
Selected Bibliography
491
Index
495
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About the author (2003)

Robert S. Levine is professor of English and director of graduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. His books include Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity.

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