By Richard S. Newman
An Interview with the writer at the background 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 best black activist of the early American republic. A tireless minister, abolitionist, and reformer, Allen inaugurated probably the most very important associations in African-American historical past and prompted approximately each black chief of the 19th century, from Douglass to Du Bois.
Allen (1760–1831) used to be born a slave in colonial Philadelphia, secured his freedom throughout the American Revolution, and have become one of many countries prime black activists ahead of the Civil battle. between his many achievements, Allen helped shape the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, co-authored the 1st copyrighted pamphlet via 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 while so much black women and men have been labeled as slave estate, Allen used to be championed as a black hero. As Richard S. Newman writes, Allen has to be one in every of America's black Founding Fathers.
In this completely enticing and fantastically written e-book, Newman describes Allen's consistently evolving lifestyles and suggestion, environment 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 influence on American reform and reformers, on racial attitudes throughout the years of the early republic, and at the black fight for justice within the age of Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Washington. no matter if serving as Americas first black bishop, not easy slaveholding statesmen in a country dedicated to liberty, or traveling the President's condo (the first black activist to do so), this significant publication makes it transparent that Allen belongs within the pantheon of Americas nice founding figures. Freedom's Prophet reintroduces Allen to state-of-the-art readers and restores him to his rightful position in our nation's history.