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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.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Delany, Martin Robison, 1812-1885 Archives, African Americans Archives, African American political activists Archives, African American social reformers Archives, African American abolitionists Archives, Black nationalism History 19th century Sources, African Americans Politics and government 19th century Sources, African Americans Civil rights History 19th century Sources, United States Race relations Sources