Early Negro Writing, 1760-1837

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Dorothy Porter
Black Classic Press, 1995 - History - 658 pages
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In Early Negro Writing, first published in 1971, Dorothy Porter presents a rare and indispensable collection of writings of literary, social, and historical importance. Most of the writings contained in this collection are no longer in print. In some cases, only one or two original copies are known to exist. Early Negro Writing is rich with narratives, poems, essays, and public addresses by many of Americas's early Black literary pioneers and champions of racial equality. Represented in this work are poems by Jupiter Hammon and Phillis Wheatley and a spiritual song by Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal church. The essays in this collection document the fact that from the earliest days of this country, Black Americans have voiced their concerns on the subject of freedom, slavery, politics, morals, religion, education, emigration, and other issues. Confronted by an often hostile social environment Blacks learned quickly the value of mutual aid and fraternal organizations. Addresses by Masonic organizer and abolitionist Prince Hall and others highlight the importance of these early self-help efforts.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Laws of the African Society Instituted at Boston 1796
9
Constitution and Rules to be Observed and Kept by the Friendly
28
Constitution of the African Marine Fund For the Relief of the Dis
42
Constitution and ByLaws of the Brotherly Union Society Instituted
51
A Charge Delivered to the Brethren of the African Lodge on
63
A Charge Delivered to the African Lodge June 24 1797 at Menot
70
PART II
79
Copy of a Letter from Benjamin Banneker To the Secretary
324
The Petition of the People of Colour Free Men Within the City
330
Letter Addressed To the Honourable George Thatcher Member
333
Delivered in
343
An Oration Commemorative of the Abolition of the Slave Trade
355
An Oration on the Abolition of the Slave Trade Delivered in
365
Oration on the Abolition of the Slave Trade Delivered on
374
First of January 1814 at the African Church of St Thomas
383

An Address Delivered at Bethel Church Philadelphia on the 30th
87
An Oration Delivered in the African Zion Church on the Fourth
96
An Address Delivered in Wesley Church on the Evening of June
105
Preamble and Constitution of the Pittsburgh African Education
120
Address to the Female Literary Association of Philadelphia
127
A Lecture at the Franklin Hall Boston September 21 1832
136
Address Delivered Before the Humane Mechanics Society on
146
Address Delivered Before the Moral Reform Society in Philadelphia
155
PART III
167
Minutes of the Four Last Annual Conferences of the African Meth
182
The Minutes and Proceedings of the First Annual Meeting of
200
PART IV
249
A Brief Account of the Settlement and Present Situation of the Col
256
To the Humane and Benevolent Inhabitants of the City and County
265
Abolition of Slavery and Improving the Condition of the African
269
Letter Relative to Conditions in Hayti July 1 1824 Written to
279
Speech of Nathaniel Paul delivered at the AntiColonization Meet
286
Emigration to Mexico 1832 by a Colored Female
292
Opinions of a Freeman of Colour in Charleston 1832 SIGNED
303
PART V
309
An Oration on the Abolition of the Slave Trade Delivered in
391
PART VI
401
Confessions of John Joyce alias Davis Who was Executed on Mon
414
A Narrative of the Lords Wonderful Dealings With John Marrant
427
A Very Ancient Doctrine With Some Account
448
An Address to the Wyandott Nation and Accompanying Letter
455
A Pastoral Letter Addressed to the Colored Presbyterian Church
472
The Abrogation of the Seventh Commandment by the American
478
Life of Jarena Lee 1836 BY JARENA LEE
494
PART VII
515
A Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings and Surprizing Deliver
522
An Evening Thought Salvation By Christ With Penetential Cries
529
An Address To Miss Phillis Wheatley Ethiopian Poetess in Boston
535
Spiritual Song n d BY RICHARD ALLEN
559
EssayTo the American Convention for Promoting the Abolition
572
A Narrative of Some Remarkable Incidents In the Life of Solomon
587
The Origin Horrors and Results of Slavery 1834 BY WILLIAM PAUL
614
Appeal To the Colored Citizens of New York and Elsewhere
637
Index of Authors
657
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