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Black leaders of the nineteenth century
Litwack, Leon F.
Illini Books edition.
Publication Information:
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1991.

Physical Description:
xii, 344 pages : portraits ; 24 cm.
Richard Allen and the African Church Movement / Nat Turner: the unknown slave as visionary leader / Harriet Tubman's unlikely leadership / Frederick Douglass: humanist as race leader / Mary Ann Shadd and the search for equality / John Mercer Langston: principle and politics / A last stern struggle: Henry Highland Garnet and liberation theory / Martin R. Delany: elitism and Black nationalism / Peter Humphries Clark: the dialogue of hope and despair / Three reconstruction leaders: Blanche K. Bruce, Robert Brown Elliott, and Holland Thompson / Black reconstruction leaders at the grass roots / Alexander Crummell: Black nationalist and apostle of western civilization / Education of Henry McNeal Turner / William Henry Steward: moderate approach to Black leadership / Isaiah T. Montgomery's balancing act / Mary Church Terrell: genteel militant
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E185.96 .B535 1988 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A rich and rewarding collection that will repay many reading by students of Afro-American, social, and political history.

Author Notes

Leon Litwack is the Morrison Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley. The author of North of Slavery: The Negro in the Free State, 1790-1860, he received the Pulitzer Prize in history and the Francis Parkman Prize for Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery. August Meier, author of Negro Thought in America, 1880-1915 and co-author of Black History and the Historical Profession, 1915-1980, is professor of history at Kent State University.

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Booklist Review

This companion to Black Leaders of the Twentieth Century (Booklist 78:999 Ap 1 82) brings together 17 biographical essays that encapsulate the lives of black men and women important in te long and arduous path toward racial equality, not only in the polling place but also in society at large. Some of the figures discussed here are immediately recognizable-Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass. Others have less universal name recognition but are not necessarily less important in their impact; these include emigrationist Martin R. Delany, who was involved with the Back to Africa movement; educator Peter Humphries Clark; and preacher Richard Allen. The essays, written by specialists in the field, deal with these individuals' differing mentalities and methods for effecting black integrity. Bibliography, notes on contributors, and index. BH. 920'.009296073 Afro-Americans-Biography / Afro-Americans-History-19th century [CIP] 87-19439

Library Journal Review

Another volume in an excellent series, this complements Black Leaders of the Twentieth Century ( LJ 4/1/82). Seventeen authors have contributed 16 unfootnoted essays (one is coauthored) on important American black leaders. Among the notable pieces are Peter Wood's on Nat Turner, Benjamin Quarles's on Harriet Tubman, Waldo Martin's on Frederick Douglass, and George Wright's on William Steward. Strongly recommended for most college and university libraries and others with black history collections. Joseph G. Dawson III, Texas A&M Univ., College Station (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Albert J. RaboteauPeter H. WoodBenjamin QuarlesWaldo E. Martin, Jr.Jason H. SilvermanWilliam Cheek and Aimee Lee CheekSterling StuckeyNell Irvin PainterDavid A. GerberHoward N. RabinowitzEric FonerAlfred MossJohn DittmerGeorge C. WrightJanet Sharp HermannSharon Harley
Introductionp. ix
1 Richard Allen and the African Church Movementp. 1
2 Nat Turner: The Unknown Slave as Visionary Leaderp. 21
3 Harriet Tubman's Unlikely Leadershipp. 43
4 Frederick Douglass: Humanist as Race Leaderp. 59
5 Mary Ann Shadd and the Search for Equalityp. 87
6 John Mercer Langston: Principle and Politicsp. 103
7 A Last Stern Struggle: Henry Highland Garnet and Liberation Theoryp. 129
8 Martin R. Delany: Elitism and Black Nationalismp. 149
9 Peter Humphries Clark: The Dialogue of Hope and Despairp. 173
10 Three Reconstruction Leaders: Blanche K. Bruce, Robert Brown Elliott, and Holland Thompsonp. 191
11 Black Reconstruction Leaders at the Grass Rootsp. 219
12 Alexander Crummell: Black Nationalist and Apostle of Western Civilizationp. 237
13 The Education of Henry McNeal Turnerp. 253
14 William Henry Steward: Moderate Approach to Black Leadershipp. 275
15 Isaiah T. Montgomery's Balancing Actp. 291
16 Mary Church Terrell: Genteel Militantp. 307
Bibliographical Essayp. 323
Notes on Contributorsp. 333
Indexp. 335