African-American Exploration in West Africa : Four Nineteenth-Century Diaries

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African-American Exploration in West Africa : Four Nineteenth-Century Diaries

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 488 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780253341945
  • DDC分類 916.662042092396073

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In the 1860s, as America waged civil war, several thousand African Americans sought greater freedom by emigrating to the fledgling nation of Liberia. While some argued that the new black republic represented disposal rather than emancipation, a few intrepid men set out to explore their African home. African-American Exploration in West Africa collects the travel diaries of James L. Sims, George L. Seymour, and Benjamin J. K. Anderson, who explored the territory that is now Liberia and Guinea between 1858 and 1874. These remarkable diaries reveal the wealth and beauty of Africa in striking descriptions of its geography, people, flora, and fauna. The dangers of the journeys surface, too-Seymour was attacked and later died of his wounds, and his companion, Levin Ash, was captured and sold into slavery again. Challenging the notion that there were no black explorers in Africa, these diaries provide unique perspectives on 19th-century Liberian life and life in the interior of the continent before it was radically changed by European colonialism.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                              vii
List of Maps ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1 (6)
One The Liberia of the Journeys 7 (24)
Two Journeys in the Interior 31 (62)
Three James L. Sims, 1858 93 (31)
Four George L. Seymour, 1858 124(33)
Five Benjamin J. K. Anderson, 1868-69 157(83)
Six Benjamin J. K. Anderson, 1874 240(39)
Seven The Journeys and the Interior 279(66)
Notes 345(58)
Bibliography 403(48)
Index 451