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Martin R. Delany (1812–1885) was one of the leading and most influential Black activists and nationalists in American history. His ideas have inspired generations of activists and movements, including Booker T. Washington in the late nineteenth century, Marcus Garvey in the early 1920s, Malcolm X and Black Power in 1960s, and even today's Black Lives Matter. Extant scholarship on Delany has focused largely on his Black nationalist and Pan-Africanist ideas. Tunde Adeleke argues that there is so much more about Delany to appreciate. In the Service of God and Humanity reveals and analyzes Delany's contributions to debates and discourses about strategies for elevating Black people and improving race relations in the nineteenth century.

Adeleke examines Delany's view of Blacks as Americans who deserved the same rights and privileges accorded Whites. While he spent the greater part of his life pursuing racial equality, his vision for America was much broader. Adeleke argues that Delany was a quintessential humanist who envisioned a social order in which everyone, regardless of race, felt validated and empowered.

Through close readings of the discourse of Delany's humanist visions and aspirations, Adeleke illuminates many crucial but undervalued aspects of his thought. He discusses the strategies Delany espoused in his quest to universalize America's most cherished of values—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—and highlights his ideological contributions to the internal struggles to reform America. The breadth and versatility of Delany's thought become more evident when analyzed within the context of his American-centered aspirations. In the Service of God and Humanity reveals a complex man whose ideas straddled many complicated social, political, and cultural spaces, and whose voice continues to speak to America today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Contents, Acknowledgments
  2. pp. i-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 1. Religion
  2. pp. 14-44
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  1. 2. Violence
  2. pp. 45-75
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  1. 3. Education
  2. pp. 76-104
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  1. 4. Politics
  2. pp. 105-140
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 141-150
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 151-180
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 181-192
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781643361857
Related ISBN(s)
9781643361840
MARC Record
OCLC
1250270172
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2021-06-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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