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By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey

 
 
Author
Erskine Clarke.
Publisher Basic Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.35 x 1.35 inches
ISBN 9780465002726
Pages/Publication Date 450/2013
Daedalus Item Code 60483
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In 1834, aristocratic southerners—and former slave owners—John Leighton and Jane Wilson explored the coastline of West Africa, establishing the first American mission in the region. Over the next 17 years, the Wilsons worked closely with the Grebo and Mpongwe peoples, and became vocal opponents of both slavery and colonization. As the Bancroft Prize–winning author of Dwelling Place relates in this history, however, the Wilsons later returned to an America that was inching toward civil war, and felt compelled to support a culture built upon the forced labor of Africans.

"[Erskine] Clarke has written a riveting account of missionaries John and Jane Wilson and their encounters with the indigenous people of west Africa and with free African Americans seeking escape from American slavery and racism. And in giving voice to their beliefs, hopes, and fears, he has created a remarkable window into many of the central struggles of 19th-century America."—Dan Carter

 
 
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