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America's First Black SocialistThe Radical Life of Peter H. Clark$
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Nikki M. Taylor

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813140773

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813140773.001.0001

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“The Silver Tongued Orator of the West”

“The Silver Tongued Orator of the West”

(p.87) Chapter Four “The Silver Tongued Orator of the West”
America's First Black Socialist

Nikki M. Taylor

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines Clark’s abolitionist career from 1853 to the end of the Civil War. The chapter’s premise is that the black conventions raised Clark’s consciousness, provided a forum for him to develop his leadership skills, introduced him to a network of other leading African Americans, and fostered his maturation as a leader. It contends that these conventions were one aspect of black abolitionism, while his penning a history of an African American regiment during the Civil War was another. The chapter also examines his relationship with Cincinnati free thinking radicals Moncure Conway and August Willich.

Keywords:   Radical Abolition Party, Frederick Douglass, Abolitionism, Black convention movement, August Willich, Free thinkers, Unitarian, Moncure Conway, Civil rights, Civil War

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