Speak Out In Thunder Tones

Letters And Other Writings By Black Northerners, 1787-1865


By Dorothy Sterling

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This impressive collection, drawn from a wealth of original research into previously untapped sources—including letters, diaries, memoirs, speeches, poems, songs, newspaper articles, advertisements, a ship’s log, and official documents—allows African Americans to speak afresh across more than two centuries. Besides the expected voices of Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth, this book makes vivid the experiences and views of a diverse range of lesser-known but equally fascinating personalities: Ira Aldridge, one of the great Shakespearean actors of his day; William Allen, the first black college professor in the country; the astronomer and mathematician Benjamin Banneker; Paul Cuffe, owner of a fleet of merchant ships; Martin R. Delany, the father of black nationalism; James Forten, war veteran, inventor, and one of the wealthiest men in America; the militant Henry Highland Garnet, who urged slaves to revolt; the poet Phillis Wheatley, as well as ordinary free blacks, fugitive slaves, soldiers, wives, mothers, pioneers, sailors, and numerous others. The editor has forged her material into a documentary history as dramatic as it is memorable.


On Sale
Mar 22, 1998
Page Count
416 pages
Da Capo Press

Dorothy Sterling

About the Author

Dorothy Sterling is well known for her books on black history and culture, including Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman, We Are Your Sisters: Black Women in the Nineteenth Century, and Speak Out in Thunder Tones: Letters and Other Writings by Black Northerners, 1787-1865.

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