Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity by Robert S. Levine

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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 history--while 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.

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Robert S. Levine (Ph.D. Stanford) is Professor of English and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of "Conspiracy and Romance: Studies in Brockden Brown", "Cooper, Hawthorne, and Melville"; "Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity"; and "Dislocating Race and Nation: Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literary Nationalism". He has edited a number of books, including "The Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville"; "Martin R. Delany: A Documentary Reader"; "Hemispheric American Studies"; and a Norton Critical Edition of Hawthorne s "The House of the Seven Gables".
Published May 20, 1997 by The University of North Carolina Press. 328 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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