Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity [NOOK Book]

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The differences between Frederick Douglass and Martin Delany have historically been reduced to a simple binary pronouncement: assimilationist versus separatist. Now Robert S. Levine restores the relationship of these two important nineteenth-century African American writers to its original complexity. He explores their debates over issues like abolitionism, emigration, and nationalism, illuminating each man's influence on the other's political vision. He also examines Delany and Douglass's debates in relation to ...
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Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity

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Overview

The differences between Frederick Douglass and Martin Delany have historically been reduced to a simple binary pronouncement: assimilationist versus separatist. Now Robert S. Levine restores the relationship of these two important nineteenth-century African American writers to its original complexity. He explores their debates over issues like abolitionism, emigration, and nationalism, illuminating each man's influence on the other's political vision. He also examines Delany and Douglass's debates in relation to their own writings and to the work of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Though each saw himself as the single best representative of his race, Douglass has been accorded that role by history--while Delany, according to Levine, has suffered a fate typical of the black separatist: marginalization. In restoring Delany to his place in literary and cultural history, Levine makes possible a fuller understanding of the politics of antebellum African American leadership.
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[A] compelling study. . . . A rich and important study of the complex cross-fertilizations that occurred in antebellum culture.

Journal of American Studies 'Levine's analysis . . . is inventive and at times provocative. . . . This is an inventive take on the ways in which political views are forged and recast in the crucible of political agitation."—###Journal of American History# 'With its powerful style and exemplary documentation this book must be counted among the most important contributions to Delany scholarship in many years."—###American Historical Review# "Fascinating. . . . Through careful research, Levine restores Delany to his hard-won rank as a 'representative man' for the African American race."—###Choice# "Levine's ###Martin R. Delany# will stand as the definitive collection for some time to come. It provides a plethora of previously unavailable material about the life of this controversial leader. . . . Delany, as Levine's work shows us, was a complex figure whose life embraced the full gamut of nineteenth-century American thought."—###Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography# "This book is the fullest and richest direct comparison to date of the literary careers of Frederick Douglass and Martin Delany, and it lays a new foundation for the comparative study of literary black abolitionism. Levine makes an intriguing case that Delany belongs with Douglass on equal footing within the canon of the American Renaissance. He also demonstrates the mutual influence of Delany, Douglass, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, offering a convincing defense of Stowe as an anti-racist."—David W. Blight, Amherst College "Using a wide array of important documents, Robert Levine's excellent new book on Douglass and Delany opens to view a revealing relationship in antebellum culture and will be welcomed by literary critics and historians alike."—Eric Sundquist, University of California, Los Angeles

Levine's book significantly expands our understanding of the interaction between these important black leaders.

Journal of Southern History

This is an inventive take on the ways in which political views are forged and recast in the crucible of political agitation.

Journal of American History

This book must be counted among the most important contributions to Delany scholarship in many years.

American Historical Review

Fascinating. . . . Through careful research, Levine restores Delany to his hard-won rank as a 'representative man' for the African American race.

Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807862919
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/1997
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 328
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Robert S. Levine is associate professor of English at the University of Maryland. He is author of Conspiracy and Romance: Studies in Brockden Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Melville and editor of a forthcoming collection of Martin Delany's writings.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Representative Men 1
1 Western Tour for the North Star: Debating Black Elevation 18
2 A Nation within a Nation: Debating Uncle Tom's Cabin and Black Emigration 58
3 Slaves of Appetite: Temperate Revolutionism in Douglass's My Bondage and My Freedom 99
4 Heap of Witness: The African American Presence in Stowe's Dred 144
5 The Redemption of His Race: Creating Pan-African Community in Delany's Blake 177
Epilogue: True Patriotism/True Stability 224
Notes 239
Index 305
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