Without Regard to Race: The Other Martin Robison Delany

By Tunde Adeleke | Go to book overview
Save to active project

CONCLUSION

THE CRISES OF Delany’s postbellum career clearly reveal a personality different from the militant and radical personality of the relatively brief nationalist epoch (1852–1862), a phase that has unfortunately served as the defining focus and essence of Delany in historical and popular studies. Buried beneath the weight of instrumentalist weltanschauung, the “Delany” of the earlier moral suasionist epoch and that of the later conservative postbellum era simply languished in historical obscurity. The highlighting and exaltation of the emigrationist phase of Delany’s career have resulted in overamplification of the nationalist and PanAfricanist dimensions of his life and struggle to the neglect of other, more critical phases that provide counterpoints and balance and enable an informed understanding of the complexities and paradoxes of his personality and career.

More than three decades after it was made, the call to move black American historiography beyond instrumentalism has yet to affect Delany. Over the last two decades, several micro- and macrobiographical studies have surfaced, built upon commentaries on, and amplifications of, his militant nationalism. Several of these studies fall more appropriately under the rubric of “popular history” and are premised on the conviction that such genre remain relevant, and critically needed, in the struggles for political, economic, and cultural survival in which black Americans are supposedly engaged. The dominance of instrumentalism continues to dictate a very narrow, skewed, and utilitarian conception of Delany. There is, therefore, a need to transcend this limitation and come to grips with the complexities of his life. Acknowledging the complexities neither undermines his image and reputation nor negates his historical relevance. On the contrary, it finally locates Delany within the

-178-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Without Regard to Race: The Other Martin Robison Delany
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 274

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?