Freedom’s Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black Founding Fathers

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NYU Press, 1 mar. 2008 - 359 páginas

Gold Winner of the 2008 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, Biography Category

Brings to life the inspiring story of one of America's Black Founding Fathers, featured in the forthcoming documentary The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song

Freedom's 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.

Born a slave in colonial Philadelphia, Allen secured his freedom during the American Revolution, and became one of the nation’s 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.

In this thoroughly engaging and beautifully written book, Newman describes Allen's continually evolving life and thought, setting both in the context of his times. From Allen's 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 slave-holding statesmen in a nation devoted to liberty, or visiting the President's 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. Freedom's Prophet reintroduces Allen to today's readers and restores him to his rightful place in our nation's history.

 

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Although Richard Allen created the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and was one of the first black pamphleteers and abolitionists, he is not a well-known figure of black history today. Newman ... Leer reseña completa

Índice

A Black Founders Many Worlds
1
For Zions Sake I Will Not Rest
27
Gospel Labors
53
A DeceptivelySimple Narrative of the Black People
78
Allens Antislavery Appeal
105
Allens Role as a Black Mediator
128
Establishing the AME Church
158
Stay or Go? Allen and African Colonization
183
Shadow Politics and Community Conflict in the 1820s
209
A Black Founders Expanding Visions
238
Last Rights
264
Richard Allen and the Soul of Black Reform
291
Notes
301
Index
341
About the Author
359
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Richard Newman is Professor of History at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He is the author of The Transformation of American Abolitionism: Fighting Slavery in the Early Republic and co-editor of the series, Race in the Atlantic World, 1700–1900.

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