Freedom's Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black Founding Fathers (BOK)

Richard S. Newman

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Freedoms Prophet is a long-overdue biography of Richard Allen, founder of the first major African-American church and the leading black activist of the early American republic. A tireless minister, abolitionist, and reformer, Allen inaugurated some of the most important institutions in African-American history and influenced nearly every black leader of the nineteenth century, from Douglass to Du Bois. Allen (1760-1831) was born a slave in colonial Philadelphia, secured his freedom during the American Revolution, and became one of Americas leading black activists before the Civil War. Among his many achievements, Allen helped form the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, co-authored the first copyrighted pamphlet by an African American writer, published the first African American eulogy of George Washington, and convened the first national convention of black reformers. In a time when most black men and women were categorized as slave property, Allen was championed as a black hero. As Richard S. Newman writes, Allen must be considered one of Americas black Founding Fathers. In this thoroughly engaging and beautifully written book, Newman describes Allens continually evolving life and thought, setting both in the context of his times. From Allens early antislavery struggles and belief in interracial harmony to his later reflections on black democracy and black emigration, Newman traces Allen's impact on American reform and reformers, on racial attitudes during the years of the early republic, and on the black struggle for justice in the age of Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Washington. Whether serving as Americas first black bishop, challenging slaveholding statesmen in a nation devoted to liberty, or visiting the Presidents House (the first black activist to do so), this important book makes it clear that Allen belongs in the pantheon of Americas great founding figures. Freedoms Prophet reintroduces Allen to todays readers and restores him to his rightful place in American history.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2008 Forfatter Richard S. Newman
Forlag
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780814758267
Antall sider 359 Dimensjoner 16cm x 23,1cm x 3,6cm
Vekt 726 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Biography: historical, political & military, History of the Americas