Martin R. Delany: A Documentary Reader / Edition 1 by Robert S. Levine, Martin Robison Delany | | 9780807854310 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Martin R. Delany: A Documentary Reader / Edition 1

Martin R. Delany: A Documentary Reader / Edition 1

by Robert S. Levine, Martin Robison Delany
     
 

ISBN-10: 080785431X

ISBN-13: 9780807854310

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

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 enormous influence in the nineteenth century, and his continuing influence on black nationalist thought in the

Overview

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 enormous influence in the nineteenth century, and his continuing influence on black nationalist thought in the twentieth century, Delany has remained a relatively obscure figure in U.S. culture, generally portrayed as a radical separatist at odds with the more integrationist Frederick Douglass.

This pioneering documentary collection offers readers a chance to discover, or rediscover, Delany in all his complexity. Through nearly 100 documents—approximately two-thirds of which have not been reprinted since their initial nineteenth-century publications—it traces the full sweep of his fascinating career. Included are selections from Delany's early journalism, his emigrationist writings of the 1850s, his 1859-62 novel, Blake (one of the first African American novels published in the United States), and his later writings on Reconstruction. Incisive and shrewd, angry and witty, Delany's words influenced key nineteenth-century debates on race and nation, addressing issues that remain pressing in our own time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807854310
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
A Note on the Texts23
Part 1Pittsburgh, the Mystery, Freemasonry25
Prospectus of the Mystery30
Not Fair32
Liberty or Death34
Young Women35
Self-Elevation Tract Society36
Farewell to Readers of the Mystery38
Eulogy on the Life and Character of the Rev. Fayette Davis41
The Origin and Objects of Ancient Freemasonry49
Part 2The North Star69
Western Tour for the North Star73
True Patriotism137
Sound the Alarm141
Liberia144
Political Economy149
Domestic Economy151
Southern Customs--Madame Chevalier157
Annexation of Cuba160
The Redemption of Cuba167
Letter to M. H. Burnham, 5 October 1849170
Delany and Frederick Douglass on Samuel R. Ward175
Part 3Debating Black Emigration181
Protest against the First Resolution of the North American Convention187
The Condition, Elevation, Emigration and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States189
Letter to Oliver Johnson, 30 April 1852217
Letter to William Lloyd Garrison, 14 May 1852219
Letter to Frederick Douglass, 10 July 1852221
Delany and Douglass on Uncle Tom's Cabin224
Letter to Douglass, 30 May 1853238
Call for a National Emigration Convention of Colored Men240
Letter to Douglass, 7 November 1853243
Political Destiny of the Colored Race on the American Continent245
Political Aspect of the Colored People of the United States280
What Does It Mean?291
Letter to Garrison, 19 February 1859295
Blake; or, The Huts of America297
Comets313
Part 4Africa315
A Project for an Expedition of Adventure320
Letter to Henry Ward Beecher, 17 June 1858325
Canada--Captain John Brown328
Martin R. Delany in Liberia332
Official Report of the Niger Valley Exploring Party336
The International Statistical Congress358
Africa and the African Race362
Letter to James T. Holly, 15 January 1861365
Letter to Robert Hamilton, 28 September 1861368
Letter to James McCune Smith, 11 January 1862370
Letter to the Weekly Anglo-African, 22 January 1862372
The Moral and Social Aspect of Africa373
Part 5Civil War and Reconstruction377
Letter to Edwin M. Stanton, 15 December 1863383
The Council-Chamber--President Lincoln385
The Colored Citizens of Xenia389
Monument to President Lincoln: Two Documents392
Prospects of the Freedmen of Hilton Head396
Triple Alliance401
Letter to the Colored Delegation, 22 February 1866403
Letter to Andrew Johnson, 25 July 1866406
Letter to Henry Highland Garnet, 27 July 1867409
Reflections on the War411
University Pamphlets415
Homes for the Freedmen425
Delany and Frederick Douglass, Letter Exchange, 1871431
Delany for Lieutenant Governor: Two Speeches442
The South and Its Foes448
Delany for Hampton452
Politics on Edisto Island456
Part 6The Republic of Liberia459
Letter on President Warner of Liberia, 1866463
The African Exodus466
Principia of Ethnology: The Origin of Races and Color468
Letter to William Coppinger, 18 December 1880484
Chronology487
Selected Bibliography491
Index495

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