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By Robert S. Levine

The diversities among Frederick Douglass and Martin Delany have traditionally been diminished to an easy binary pronouncement: assimilationist as opposed to separatist. Now Robert S. Levine restores the connection of those very important nineteenth-century African American writers to its unique complexity. He explores their debates over concerns like abolitionism, emigration, and nationalism, illuminating each one man's impact at the other's political imaginative and prescient. He additionally examines Delany and Douglass's debates relating to their very own writings and to the paintings of Harriet Beecher Stowe. even though each one observed himself because the unmarried top consultant of his race, Douglass has been accorded that function by way of history--while Delany, in accordance with Levine, has suffered a destiny normal of the black separatist: marginalization. In restoring Delany to his position in literary and cultural historical past, Levine makes attainable a fuller figuring out of the politics of antebellum African American leadership.

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