By Richard S. Newman
An Interview with the writer at the historical past information Network
A Founding Father with a imaginative and prescient of Equality: Richard Newman's op-ed in The Philadelphia Inquirer
Author highlight in The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Gold" Winner of the 2008 Foreword Magazine ebook of the yr Award, Biography Category
Freedom's Prophet is a long-overdue biography of Richard Allen, founding father of the 1st significant African-American church and the major black activist of the early American republic. A tireless minister, abolitionist, and reformer, Allen inaugurated the most vital associations in African-American background and motivated approximately each black chief of the 19th century, from Douglass to Du Bois.
Allen (1760–1831) was once born a slave in colonial Philadelphia, secured his freedom through the American Revolution, and have become one of many international locations prime black activists sooner than the Civil battle. between his many achievements, Allen helped shape the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, co-authored the 1st copyrighted pamphlet by means of an African American author, released the 1st African American eulogy of George Washington, and convened the 1st nationwide conference of black reformers. In a time whilst so much black women and men have been classified as slave estate, Allen used to be championed as a black hero. As Richard S. Newman writes, Allen needs to be one in every of America's black Founding Fathers.
In this completely attractive and fantastically written publication, Newman describes Allen's constantly evolving existence and idea, surroundings either within the context of his instances. From Allen's early antislavery struggles and trust in interracial concord to his later reflections on black democracy and black emigration, Newman lines Allen's effect on American reform and reformers, on racial attitudes through the years of the early republic, and at the black fight for justice within the age of Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Washington. even if serving as Americas first black bishop, demanding slaveholding statesmen in a country dedicated to liberty, or traveling the President's condo (the first black activist to do so), this significant e-book makes it transparent that Allen belongs within the pantheon of Americas nice founding figures. Freedom's Prophet reintroduces Allen to latest readers and restores him to his rightful position in our nation's history.