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      James McCune Smith
    
      John Stauffer

Works of James McCune Smith

Black Intellectual and Abolitionist

; John Stauffer (Redaktør)

The first African American to receive a medical degree, this invaluable collection brings together the writings of James McCune Smith, one of the foremost intellectuals in antebellum America. The Selected Writings of James McCune Smith is one of the first anthologies featuring the works of this illustrious scholar. Les mer
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The first African American to receive a medical degree, this invaluable collection brings together the writings of James McCune Smith, one of the foremost intellectuals in antebellum America. The Selected Writings of James McCune Smith is one of the first anthologies featuring the works of this illustrious scholar. Perhaps best known for his introduction to Fredrick Douglass's My Bondage and My Freedom, his influence is still found in a number of
aspects of modern society and social interactions. And he was considered by many to be a prophet of the twenty-first century. One of the earliest advocates of the use of "black" instead of "colored," McCune Smith treated racial identities as social constructions, arguing that American literature, music, and dance
would be shaped and defined by blacks.

Organized chronologically, the collection covers over 40 years of writing, including speeches, letters, and essays, and begins with McCune Smith's first speech as an 11-year old boy to the Marquis de Lafayette. Providing historical context for McCune Smith's current cultural relevance, this book showcases writings on black education and self-help, citizenship, and the fight against racism.
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Forlag: Oxford University Press Inc
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Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9780195309614
Format: 24 x 16 cm
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Forewordvii
Introductionxiii
Note on the Text and Acknowledgmentsxli
Part 1: Early Essays, Speeches, and Journal1




Introduction

3




Speech to Lafayette (1824)

5




Dr. Smith's Journal (August–September 1832)

8




Lecture on the Haytien Revolutions (1841)

25




The Destiny of the People of Color (1843)

48




Freedom and Slavery for Afric-Americans (1844)

61
Part 2: New York Correspondent, 1851-185575




Introduction

77




Outside Barbarians

79




Nicaragua

83




This Wealth Problem

87




Human Brotherhood and the Meaning of Communipaw

90




A Flagrant Prostitute

94




Unity in Action

98




Book Buying at Baillière's

103




The Critic at Chess

108




The Free Colored People versus the American Anti-Slavery Society

114




The Black Swan

119




Our Leaders

123
Part 3: New York Correspondent, 1856-1859139




Introduction

141




Horoscope

143




Response to Communipaw's "Horoscope"

149




British West Indian Emancipation

152




The New Pen and Old Graveyards

155




The Odd Fellows' Celebration

159




A Hush in the Slavery Agitation

164




Aaron Roberts, the Black Inventor

167




Reforms Are Mere Acts of Intellection

171




Moving in May in the City

175
Part 4: Heads of the Colored People, 1852-1854185




Introduction

187




The Black News-Vender

190




The Boot-Black

195




The Washerwoman

200




The Sexton

203




The Steward

207




The Editor

211




The Inventor

216




The Whitewasher

220




The Schoolmaster

224




The Schoolmaster (continued)

229




Letter from the Editor (Frederick Douglass)

233
Part 5: Anglo-African Articles, 1859243




Introduction

245




Civilization: Its Dependence on Physical Circumstances

246




On the Fourteenth Query of Thomas Jefferson's Notes on Virginia

264




Chess

282
Part 6: Letters to Gerrit Smith, 1846-1864297




Introduction

299




Letters

300
Index331
John Stauffer received his Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale University in 1999 and won the Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for the best dissertation in American Studies from the American Studies Association.