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By Robert S. Levine

Martin R. Delany (1812-85) has been referred to as the "Father of Black Nationalism," yet his striking occupation additionally encompassed the jobs of abolitionist, health care professional, editor, explorer, baby-kisser, military officer, novelist, and political theorist. regardless of his huge, immense impression within the 19th century, and his carrying on with effect on black nationalist proposal within the 20th century, Delany has remained a comparatively vague determine in U.S. tradition, often portrayed as a thorough separatist at odds with the extra integrationist Frederick Douglass.

This pioneering documentary assortment bargains readers an opportunity to find, or rediscover, Delany in all his complexity. via approximately a hundred documents--approximately two-thirds of that have now not been reprinted due to the fact their preliminary nineteenth-century publications--it strains the complete sweep of his attention-grabbing profession. incorporated are choices from Delany's early journalism, his emigrationist writings of the 1850s, his 1859-62 novel, Blake (one of the 1st African American novels released within the United States), and his later writings on Reconstruction. Incisive and intelligent, indignant and witty, Delany's phrases motivated key nineteenth-century debates on race and state, addressing matters that stay urgent in our personal time.

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