Destiny and Race: Selected Writings, 1840-1898 by Alexander Crummell

By Alexander Crummell

An enormous 19th-century reformer and highbrow, Alexander Crummell (1819-1898) was once the 1st black American to obtain a level from Cambridge college. Upon commencement, he sailed to Liberia, the place from 1853 to 1872 he labored as a farmer, educator, small company operator, and Episcopal missionary. Returning to the United States in 1873, he confirmed St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., serving as its pastor till 1894. Crummell remained lively within the black neighborhood all through his later years and in 1897 based the yankee Negro Academy, which he meant as a problem to the facility of Booker T. Washington's accommodationist philosophy. all through his lengthy lifestyles, Crummell used to be a prolific, occasionally debatable, and sometimes acerbic author. His pioneering paintings on black nationalism, black self-determination, and Pan-Americanism prompted many African-American leaders of his day, together with W.E.B. Du Bois, who dedicated a bankruptcy to Crummell in "The Souls of Black Folk". Crummell's surviving papers comprise over four hundred sermons and political essays and a voluminous correspondence. regardless of his value to American and African-American historical past, Crummell is little identified this present day. aside from the facsimile reprints of 2 of his books within the Sixties, there were no smooth printings of his paintings. This quantity is meant to revive Crummell's voice and to recommended a reevaluation of his writings.

Show description

Read or Download Destiny and Race: Selected Writings, 1840-1898 PDF

Best african americans books

Joining Places: Slave Neighborhoods in the Old South (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture)

During this new interpretation of antebellum slavery, Kaye deals a vibrant portrait of slaves remodeling adjacent plantations into slave neighborhoods. He describes women and men establishing paths from their proprietors' plantations to adjoining farms to move relationship and take spouses, to paintings, to run away, and to in a different way deal with vendors and their brokers.

We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination

Through the top of the Black strength circulation of the overdue Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, dozens of Pan African nationalist deepest colleges, from preschools to post-secondary ventures, seemed in city settings around the usa. The small, self sustaining organisations have been usually accused of educating hate and have been often confused by means of gurus.

African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness

This widely-heralded selection of awesome records deals a view of African American spiritual heritage from Africa and early the United States via Reconstruction to the increase of black nationalism, civil rights, and black theology of this day. The documents—many of them infrequent, out-of-print, or tough to find—include own narratives, sermons, letters, protest pamphlets, early denominational histories, journalistic debts, and theological statements.

At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom: The Fight for Social and Educational Justice

Robert L. eco-friendly, a chum and colleague of Martin Luther King Jr. , served as schooling director for King’s Southern Christian management convention in the course of a vital interval in Civil Rights heritage, and—as a specialist for lots of of the nation’s greatest tuition districts—he keeps to struggle for social justice and academic fairness at the present time.

Extra resources for Destiny and Race: Selected Writings, 1840-1898

Sample text

Ye-es," said his wife; and Alexander came. Once before, the black boy had sought a school, had travelled, cold and hungry, four hundred miles up into free New Hampshire, to Canaan. But the godly farmers hitched Page 23 ninety yoke of oxen to the abolition schoolhouse and dragged it into the middle of the swamp. The black boy trudged away. The nineteenth was the first century of human sympathy,the age when half wonderingly we began to descry in others that transfigured spark of divinity which we call Myself; when clodhoppers and peasants, and tramps and thieves, and millionaires andsometimesNegroes, became throbbing souls whose warm pulsing life touched us so nearly that we half gasped with surprise, crying, "Thou too!

These three documents, written in 1837, 1840 and 1882 respectively, provide insight into the early character formation of Alexander Crummell. The letter to Wright is reproduced from the original in the Elizur Wright Papers, Library of Congress. Crummell wrote it when he was eighteen to apologize for an incident that had occurred when he was around fourteen. The eulogy on Sidney was composed and delivered when the author was twenty-one. It was delivered before an audience of friends and relatives of the deceased and, in addition to showing the development of Crummell's youthful style, reveals something of his early development as an intellectual.

Note on Methods Because of limitations on my time, energies, and finances, I have not been able to offer a complete scholarly edition of the works of Alexander Crummell. 5 Some of the pieces in this volume are printed for the first time. They are published here with the kind permission of the Schomburg Research Center of the New York Public Library, from whose collections they are taken. Several of the sermons and all six of the letters are among those items that have never been published before.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.18 of 5 – based on 31 votes