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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”

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

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813140773.003.0005

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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