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John Mercer Langston: Warrior Hero in the Struggle for Black Liberty

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African American History and the Civil War:

John Mercer Langston: Warrior Hero in the Struggle for Black Liberty

Author: James F. Dukes (Participant, ASALH, 96th Annual Convention)
9618 Randall Drive, White Plains, Md. 20695
301-932-8911, E-mail Address: 11dukes@comcast.net

Many historically prominent African American figures are overlooked in discourses of those who have contributed significantly towards the improvement of African American life. This neglect has denied knowledge to generations of Americans. In theory, educators acknowledge black contributions, however, in practice, they and the media sources easily slip into the familiar personalities when discussing outstanding historical black leaders. John Mercer Langston is one of those often overlooked black leaders. In the United States, when blacks had no rights, he created opportunities for black Americans. I believe that he was the most universal African American intellectuals of the nineteenth century. Having faced, personally, mounds of racial prejudices, he became a most formidable foe to that establishment. He proved that, given the same privileges, African American were as capable, intellectually, as white American. To describe what made John Mercer Langston unique, I will illustrate the social and political obstacles during the mid-nineteenth century which he overcame for the social, educational and political uplift of the Negro race. He studied and learned statutory law and even before being admitted to the bar, used his law knowledge to gain black rights; then, he demanded of blacks to use their legal power for further gains. Sources for my research are historical books which discussed the life and activities of Langston; internet web sites; and, a personal lifetime passion for the history of the Civil War and American Slavery. John Mercer Langston led the way of black intellectuals and in civil rights activities.

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Dukes, James. "John Mercer Langston: Warrior Hero in the Struggle for Black Liberty" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA, Oct 04, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p521931_index.html>

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Dukes, J. F. , 2011-10-04 "John Mercer Langston: Warrior Hero in the Struggle for Black Liberty" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p521931_index.html

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Abstract: African American History and the Civil War:

John Mercer Langston: Warrior Hero in the Struggle for Black Liberty

Author: James F. Dukes (Participant, ASALH, 96th Annual Convention)
9618 Randall Drive, White Plains, Md. 20695
301-932-8911, E-mail Address: 11dukes@comcast.net

Many historically prominent African American figures are overlooked in discourses of those who have contributed significantly towards the improvement of African American life. This neglect has denied knowledge to generations of Americans. In theory, educators acknowledge black contributions, however, in practice, they and the media sources easily slip into the familiar personalities when discussing outstanding historical black leaders. John Mercer Langston is one of those often overlooked black leaders. In the United States, when blacks had no rights, he created opportunities for black Americans. I believe that he was the most universal African American intellectuals of the nineteenth century. Having faced, personally, mounds of racial prejudices, he became a most formidable foe to that establishment. He proved that, given the same privileges, African American were as capable, intellectually, as white American. To describe what made John Mercer Langston unique, I will illustrate the social and political obstacles during the mid-nineteenth century which he overcame for the social, educational and political uplift of the Negro race. He studied and learned statutory law and even before being admitted to the bar, used his law knowledge to gain black rights; then, he demanded of blacks to use their legal power for further gains. Sources for my research are historical books which discussed the life and activities of Langston; internet web sites; and, a personal lifetime passion for the history of the Civil War and American Slavery. John Mercer Langston led the way of black intellectuals and in civil rights activities.


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