The Origin of Races and Color

The Origin of Races and Color

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by Martin R. Delany
     
 

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Of the books authored by Martin R. Delany (1812-1885), The Origin of Races and Color is perhaps the most obscure. Out-of-print until now, it has been available to the public only through select libraries. At the time of its publication in 1879, this valuable resource presented a bold challenge to racist views of African inferiority. Delany wrote in

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Of the books authored by Martin R. Delany (1812-1885), The Origin of Races and Color is perhaps the most obscure. Out-of-print until now, it has been available to the public only through select libraries. At the time of its publication in 1879, this valuable resource presented a bold challenge to racist views of African inferiority. Delany wrote in opposition to a developing oppressive intellectualism that used Darwin's thesis, "the survival of the fittest," to support its demented theories of Black inferiority.

Skillfully blending biblical history, archaeology and anthropology, Delany offered evidence to the "serious inquirer" suggesting the first humans were African, and that these Africans were ". . . builders of the pyramids, sculptors of the sphinxes, and original god-kings. . . ." With such radical assertions, Delany advanced a model of ancient history that contradicted the very foundation of intellectual racism. He believed knowledge of one's past was essential, and that it could provide Black people with the regenerative force necessary to inspire their self-improvement. Were he alive today, Delany would certainly feel at home with the present generation of Africancentrists, especially since he developed and articulated so many of their arguments more than a century ago.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780933121508
Publisher:
Black Classic Press
Publication date:
01/10/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
95
Sales rank:
1,300,681
Product dimensions:
13.50(w) x 21.25(h) x 0.25(d)

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The Origin of Races and Color 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Majormom More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader--I read 43 books last year and 48 the year before-- I think the book is exceptional! It confirmed what I had been taught by varied sources. Its fascinating that information written over a hundred years ago is so relevant, insightful, and still being challenged today. The reading was a little difficult because of the style, but the information was powerful! And verifiable! I insisted my teenage college student read it as well. I definitely recommend adding it to any personal library...