Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity

ISBN-10: 0807846333
ISBN-13: 9780807846339
Edition: 1997
Authors: Robert S. Levine
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Book details

Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 5/20/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 0.94" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

The differences between Frederick Douglass and Martin Delany have historically been reduced to a simple binary pronouncement: assimilationist versus separatist. Now Robert S. Levine restores the relationship of these two important nineteenth-century African American writers to its original complexity. He explores their debates over issues like abolitionism, emigration, and nationalism, illuminating each man's influence on the other's political vision. He also examines Delany and Douglass's debates in relation to their own writings and to the work of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Though each saw himself as the single best representative of his race, Douglass has been accorded that role by historywhile Delany, according to Levine, has suffered a fate typical of the black separatist: marginalization. In restoring Delany to his place in literary and cultural history, Levine makes possible a fuller understanding of the politics of antebellum African American leadership.

Robert S. Levine is professor of English and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. His most recent book is Dislocating Race and Nation: Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literary Nationalism.

Acknowledgments
Introduction Representative Men
Western Tour for the North Star: Debating Black Elevation
A Nation Within a Nation: Debating Uncle Tom's Cabin and Black Emigration
Slaves of Appetite Temperate Revolutionism in Douglass's My Bondage and My Freedom
Heap of Witness: The African American Presence in Stowe's Dred
The Redemption of His Race Creating Pan-African Community in Delany's Blake
Epilogue True Patriotism/ True Stability
Notes
Index

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