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Martin R. Delany: A Documentary Reader

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ISBN 10: 080785431X / ISBN 13: 9780807854310
Published by The University of North Carolina Press, 2003
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Title: Martin R. Delany: A Documentary Reader

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1.

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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.

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"One of the most important contributions to African American literary and intellectual history of the past decade. . . . An impressive scholarly performance. . . . Essential reading for anyone interested in American literary, political, or social history."-- Resources for American Literary Study

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