Martin R. Delany: Selected Writings
  • Publication Date: July 22, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554816330 / 1554816335
  • 114 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Martin R. Delany: Selected Writings

  • Publication Date: July 22, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554816330 / 1554816335
  • 114 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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One of the most powerful and provocative voices to emerge from the social and political unrest preceding the Civil War, the abolitionist and political activist Delany is today considered to have been among the earliest black nationalists. This volume offers a concise introduction to Delany’s extraordinary career: included in full is the rousing separatist oration “Political Destiny of the Colored Race on the American Continent,” followed by a substantial selection from Delany’s sole published novel, Blake, often hailed as one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century American literature. The volume concludes with an epistolary debate between Delany and Frederick Douglass, situating Delany’s ideas in relation to those of Douglass and of Harriet Beecher Stowe.

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Political Destiny of the Colored Race on the American Continent

from Blake; or, the Huts of America

  • Chapter 1: The Project
  • Chapter 2: Colonel Franks at Home
  • Chapter 3: The Fate of Maggie
  • Chapter 4: Departure of Maggie
  • Chapter 5: A Vacancy
  • Chapter 6: Henry’s Return
  • Chapter 7: Master and Slave
  • Chapter 8: The Sale
  • Chapter 11: The Shadow

In Context

  • Martin R. Delany and Frederick Douglass Debate Harriet Beecher Stowe