The Making of an Afro-American
Martin Robison Delany 1812-1885
ISBN10: 0306807211 ISBN13: 9780306807213 Publisher: Perseus Book Group Published: Aug 21 1996 Weight: 0.90lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 5.75" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
Decades before Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Malcolm X, Martin Robison Delany (1812-1885) proclaimed his pride in being black, and demanded, not only emancipation but independence for African Americans. Frederick Douglass said of his friend and sometimes rival, "I thank God for making me a man, but Delany thanks Him for making him a black man." Grandson of an African prince, son of a slave, Delany lived a life of singular achievement: the first African-American explorer to venture into the heart of Africa; the publisher, editor, and writer of one of the first black newspapers in the U.S.; one of the first three blacks admitted to Harvard Medical School; the first black to hold field grade rank of U.S. Army major during the Civil War, as well as prominent careers as an author, doctor, ethnologist, orator, judge, Freedmen's Bureau official, and spokesman for black nationalism. This assiduously researched biography brings into vivid focus the life and times of Delany, whose militant, uncompromising voice is as vital today as it was more than a century ago.