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The Struggles of John Brown Russwurm: The Life and Writings of a Pan-Africanist Pioneer, 1799-1851 epub ebook

by Winston James

The Struggles of John Brown Russwurm: The Life and Writings of a Pan-Africanist Pioneer, 1799-1851 epub ebook

Author: Winston James
Category: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: NYU Press (August 30, 2010)
Pages: 288 pages
ISBN: 0814742904
ISBN13: 978-0814742907
Rating: 4.5
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John Brown Russwurm (1799-1851) is almost completely missing from the annals of the Pan-African movement, despite .

Despite his accomplishments, Russwurm struggled internally with the perennial Pan-Africanist dilemma of whether to go to Africa or stay and fight in the United States, and his ordeal was the first of its kind to be experienced and resolved before the public eye.

Winston James’s book, The Struggle of John Brown Russwurm: The . Born in Jamaica in 1799, Russwurm was the product of an unsanctioned union of a black woman, whose name was lost to history, an. .

Winston James’s book, The Struggle of John Brown Russwurm: The Life and Writings of a Pan-Africanist Pioneer, 1799-1851, is a well-executed and coherent historical rescue mission. Russwurm, according to James, is not only undeservingly forgotten but is also the subject of unwarranted hostility. in much of the historiography that bothers to mention him (p. xi). He should be accorded better recognition, according to the author. Born in Jamaica in 1799, Russwurm was the product of an unsanctioned union of a black woman, whose name was lost to history, and a white Virginia merchant who eventually settled in Maine.

Winston James’ sensitive, probing, and absorbing portrait of John Brown Russwurm restores this pivotal but little-known activist to.

Winston James’ sensitive, probing, and absorbing portrait of John Brown Russwurm restores this pivotal but little-known activist to the prominent status he deserves. Professor James has performed a service to the profession. Wilson J. Moses, author of The Golden Age of Black Nationalism, 1850-1925.

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John Brown Russwurm (1799–1851) was an abolitionist, newspaper publisher, and colonizer of Liberia where . James, Winston The Struggles of John Brown Russwurm: The Life and Writings of a Pan-African Pioneer", (New York University Press, 2010).

John Brown Russwurm (1799–1851) was an abolitionist, newspaper publisher, and colonizer of Liberia where he moved from the United States. He was born in Jamaica to an English father and enslaved mother. As a child he traveled to the United States with his father and received a formal education, becoming the first African American to graduate from Bowdoin College. Sagarin, Mary, John Brown Russwurm: The story of Freedom's journal, freedom's journey, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1970.

Russwurm, John Brown, 1799–1851. What follows is a brief overview of the life and struggles of John Brown Russwurm, ending with an assessment and determination of his proper place within the Pan-Africanist tradition. 2. African American intellectuals- Biography. This biographical portrait, an entry into the historical record, is especially necessary because Russwurm has had no scholarly biography. 5 It is accompanied by a selection of Russwurm’s own writings that not only lay bare the trajectory of his political thinking and contribution but also provide an important perspective on the chal-lenges and struggles of his time.

John Brown Russwurm (1799-1851) is almost completely missing from the annals of the Pan-African movement .

Though enormously rich and powerfully analytical, Russwurm's writings have never been previously anthologized.

“If I know my own heart, I can truly say, that I have not a selfish wish in placing myself under the patronage of the [American Colonization] Society; usefulness in my day and generation, is what I principally court.”

“Sensible then, as all are of the disadvantages under which we at present labour, can any consider it a mark of folly, for us to cast our eyes upon some other portion of the globe where all these inconveniences are removed where the Man of Colour freed from the fetters and prejudice, and degradation, under which he labours in this land, may walk forth in all the majesty of his creation—a new born creature—a Free Man!”—John Brown Russwurm, 1829.

John Brown Russwurm (1799-1851) is almost completely missing from the annals of the Pan-African movement, despite the pioneering role he played as an educator, abolitionist, editor, government official, emigrationist and colonizationist. Russwurm’s life is one of “firsts”: first African American graduate of Maine’s Bowdoin College; co-founder of Freedom’s Journal, America’s first newspaper to be owned, operated, and edited by African Americans; and, following his emigration to Africa, first black governor of the Maryland section of Liberia. Despite his accomplishments, Russwurm struggled internally with the perennial Pan-Africanist dilemma of whether to go to Africa or stay and fight in the United States, and his ordeal was the first of its kind to be experienced and resolved before the public eye.

With this slim, accessible biography of Russwurm, Winston James makes a major contribution to the history of black uplift and protest in the Early American Republic and the larger Pan-African world. James supplements the biography with a carefully edited and annotated selection of Russwurm’s writings, which vividly demonstrate the trajectory of his political thinking and contribution to Pan-Africanist thought and highlight the challenges confronting the peoples of the African Diaspora. Though enormously rich and powerfully analytical, Russwurm’s writings have never been previously anthologized.

The Struggles of John Brown Russwurm is a unique and unparalleled reflection on the Early American Republic, the African Diaspora and the wider history of the times. An unblinking observer of and commentator on the condition of African Americans as well as a courageous fighter against white supremacy and for black emancipation, Russwurm’s life and writings provide a distinct and articulate voice on race that is as relevant to the present as it was to his own lifetime.

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