John Mercer Langston and the Fight for Black Freedom, 1829-65

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University of Illinois Press, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 478 pages
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"A marvel of scholarship
and artistry. The general reader will be fascinated to discover the vitality
of the free black community that Langston moved and moved in." --
Joyce Appleby, University of California
"Provides the mirror
in which to reflect Langston's brilliant, turbulent career, as well as
the nation's ongoing struggle against racism. Life-and-times biography
could be put to no better use." -- David W. Blight, Journal of
American History
"One of the most thorough
studies ever done of a nineteenth-century black American. [It] will be
the standard." -- J. M. Matthews, Choice
"Breaks new and important
ground in the field of African-American history. . . . [It] is both a
social history of the period and the remarkable story of Langston's formative
life and career as a free black Ohioan in pre-Civil War America."
-- David C. Dennard, Journal of Southern History
"A sensitive biography
of a black leader and a full-scale history of the society in which he
matured and began his career." -- John B. Boles, American Historical
Review
"The Cheeks have masterfully
performed . . . their chief task--the transformation of autobiography
into social history." -- Wilson J. Moses, Reviews in American
History
A volume in the series
Blacks in the New World, edited by August Meier and John H. Bracey
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Acknowledgments
5
Inheritor 182934
7
Love and SelfReliance 183440
30
Culture and Kinship 184043
48
Morality and Politics 184349
84
Career Reform and Thwarted Hopes 184950
130
A Nationality Before We Can Become Anybody 185052
169
Law Marriage and Public Place 185456
243
Life and Labor in a Biracial Town 185665
278
Blacks and the OberlinWellington Rescue 185659
316
Provoking the Conflict 185961
349
The Struggle to Fight for Human Liberty 186163
383
The Emergence of a National Leader 186365
418
Afterword
456
Index
459

To Work Out My Destiny 185254
205

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About the author (1996)

William Cheek is professor of history at San Diego State University and author of Black Resistance before the Civil War.Aimee Lee Cheek is a writer and consultant in San Diego.

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