A partial autobiography of Richard Allen published posthumously in 1833. The hyperlink leads to an online transcription and further publication information of the text. The Ship Access link routes to the catalog entry for a microfilm version of the text held by the Library.
Freedom's Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black Founding Fathers by Richard S. Newman
Publication Date: New York: New York University Press, 2008
Freedom's Prophet is a long-overdue biography of Richard Allen, founder of the first major African-American church and the leading black activist of the early American republic. Allen (1760-1831) was born a slave in colonial Philadelphia, secured his freedom during the American Revolution, and became one of the nations leading black activists before the Civil War. A tireless minister, abolitionist, and reformer, Allen inaugurated some of the most important institutions in African-American history including the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. He co-authored the first copyrighted pamphlet by an African American writer, published the first African American eulogy of George Washington, and convened the first national convention of black reformers. He influenced nearly every black leader of the nineteenth century, from Douglass to Du Bois. This important book makes it clear that Allen belongs in the pantheon of Americas great founding figures.
A pamphlet published by Richard Allen and Absalom Jones in 1794 to refute claims made by Matthew Carey that Black people profited from the yellow fever pandemic of 1793. The narrative is followed by a letter to Matthew Clarkson, mayor of Philadelphia (dated Jan. 7, 1794, and signed by Absalom Jones and Richard Allen) with Clarkson's reply (dated Jan. 23, 1794); "An address to those who keep slaves, and approve the practice"; "To the people of colour"; and "A short address to the friends of him who hath no helper."
The title links to an online copy from the Internet Archive. The Ship Access link is for a microfilm copy of the text.
This document, open access on JSTOR, primarily consists of narration by Dorothy Ripley, a British minister visiting America, but also includes transcriptions of letters from Richard Allen and Absalom Jones. The letters discuss Ripley's visit to Allen and Jones's congregation and Ripley's efforts to minister there.
This book is the first to trace the good and bad fortunes, over more than a century, of the earliest large free black community in the United States, of which Richard Allen was a key leader. From colonial times through the Revolution and into the turbulent 1830s, blacks in the City of Brotherly Love struggled to shape a family life, gain occupational competence, organize churches, establish neighborhoods and social networks, advance cultural institutions, educate their children in schools, forge a political consciousness, and train black leaders who would help abolish slavery. These early generations of urban blacks--many of them newly emancipated--constructed a rich and varied community life. Nash's account includes elements of both poignant triumph and profound tragedy. Keeping in focus both the internal life of the black community and race relations in Philadelphia generally, he portrays first the remarkable vibrancy of black institution-building, ordinary life, and relatively amicable race relations, and then rising racial antagonism.