Freedom's prophet : Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black founding fathers / Richard S. Newman.

By: Newman, Richard S
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : New York University Press, c2008Description: xiii, 359 p. : ill. ; 24 cmISBN: 9780814758267 (cl : alk. paper); 0814758266 (cl : alk. paper)Subject(s): Allen, Richard, 1760-1831 | African Methodist Episcopal Church -- Bishops -- Biography | Bishops -- United States -- Biography | African Methodist Episcopal Church -- HistoryLOC classification: BX8459.A4 | N49 2008Online resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description
Contents:
Preface and acknowledgments -- Introduction: Black founder's many worlds -- 1: For Zion's sake-I will not rest -- 2: Gospel labors -- 3: Year of the fever, part 1: a (deceptively) simple narrative of the Black people -- 4: Year of the fever, part 2: Allen's antislavery appeal -- 5: We participate in common: Allen's role as a Black mediator -- 6: Liberating theology: establishing the AME Church -- 7: Stay or go?: Allen and African colonization -- 8: Allen challenged: shadow politics and community conflict in the 1820s -- 9: Black founders' expanding visions -- 10: Last rights -- Conclusion: Richard Allen and the soul of Black reform -- Notes -- Index -- About the author.
Summary: From the Publisher: 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 Dubois. Allen (1760-1831) was born a slave in colonial Philadelphia, 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. As Richard S. Newman writes, Allen must be considered one of America's "Black Founding Fathers." 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 America's first Black bishop, challenging slaveholding 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 America's 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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Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-340) and index.

Preface and acknowledgments -- Introduction: Black founder's many worlds -- 1: For Zion's sake-I will not rest -- 2: Gospel labors -- 3: Year of the fever, part 1: a (deceptively) simple narrative of the Black people -- 4: Year of the fever, part 2: Allen's antislavery appeal -- 5: We participate in common: Allen's role as a Black mediator -- 6: Liberating theology: establishing the AME Church -- 7: Stay or go?: Allen and African colonization -- 8: Allen challenged: shadow politics and community conflict in the 1820s -- 9: Black founders' expanding visions -- 10: Last rights -- Conclusion: Richard Allen and the soul of Black reform -- Notes -- Index -- About the author.

From the Publisher: 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 Dubois. Allen (1760-1831) was born a slave in colonial Philadelphia, 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. As Richard S. Newman writes, Allen must be considered one of America's "Black Founding Fathers." 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 America's first Black bishop, challenging slaveholding 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 America's 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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