John Mercer Langston and the Fight for Black Freedom, 1829-65
by William Cheek and Aimee Lee Cheek
University of Illinois Press, 1989
Cloth: 978-0-252-01550-2 | Paper: 978-0-252-06591-0
Library of Congress Classification E185.97.L27C48 1989
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.04960730092

  "A marvel of scholarship
        and artistry. The general reader will be fascinated to discover the vitality
        of the free black community that Langston moved and moved in." --
        Joyce Appleby, University of California
      "Provides the mirror
        in which to reflect Langston's brilliant, turbulent career, as well as
        the nation's ongoing struggle against racism. Life-and-times biography
        could be put to no better use." -- David W. Blight, Journal of
        American History
      "One of the most thorough
        studies ever done of a nineteenth-century black American. [It] will be
        the standard." -- J. M. Matthews, Choice
      "Breaks new and important
        ground in the field of African-American history. . . . [It] is both a
        social history of the period and the remarkable story of Langston's formative
        life and career as a free black Ohioan in pre-Civil War America."
        -- David C. Dennard, Journal of Southern History
      "A sensitive biography
        of a black leader and a full-scale history of the society in which he
        matured and began his career." -- John B. Boles, American Historical
      "The Cheeks have masterfully
        performed . . . their chief task--the transformation of autobiography
        into social history." -- Wilson J. Moses, Reviews in American
 A volume in the series
        Blacks in the New World, edited by August Meier and John H. Bracey
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