Richard Allen (Baa)(Oop) (Black Americans of Achievement)

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Describes the life of the Afro-American leader who rose from slavery to become a minister, founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and participated in the first National Negro Convention.

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Grade 5 Up-- Born a slave, Allen purchased his freedom in 1780 at the age of 20. Converted to Christianity by a Methodist circuit rider while still a slave, he moved to Philadelphia and preached at different churches. Against the wishes of church leaders, Allen established Bethel Church, the first Black Methodist Church, which became the mother church of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) denomination. This book is interesting reading as well as a useful source for black history assignments. The writing is clear and straightforward, and the point of view is sympathetic. It provides not only a biography of the man but a portrait of life for free blacks in the post-Revolutionary era. The use of historical prints of important people and places and copies of important documents add much to the book and provide expansion of the text. --Jane Gardner Connor, formerly at South Carolina State Library, Columbia
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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