By the Rivers of Water A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey

ISBN-10: 0465002722
ISBN-13: 9780465002726
Edition: N/A
Authors: Erskine Clarke
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Description: In late 1832, a young missionary couple sailed from the Chesapeake Bay, headed for western Africa. John Leighton Wilson and his wife, Jane, were traveling to the colony of Liberia, where they—and their fellow passengers, mostly liberated slaves and  More...

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Book details

Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 488
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

In late 1832, a young missionary couple sailed from the Chesapeake Bay, headed for western Africa. John Leighton Wilson and his wife, Jane, were traveling to the colony of Liberia, where they—and their fellow passengers, mostly liberated slaves and freeborn African Americans—hoped to find an alternative to the inequality of the American South. Soon after their arrival, though, conflict erupted between the settlers and their Grebo and Mpongwe neighbors, shattering the Wilsons’ utopian dreams. The true nightmare, however, came when they returned to the United States. Confronting an onrushing war, the Wilsons were forced to make a terrible choice, revealing with tragic finality where—and with whom—they felt they truly belonged.A sweeping transatlantic story of good intentions and cruel consequences, By the Rivers of Water offers a humane portrait of two very different worlds, both riven by war and racial hatred and sustained by deep—and, occasionally, shared—faiths.

Maps
Preface
Starting Places
A Slave's World
Many Mansions
A Black River Home
A Place Seen from Afar
Journey to a West African Cape
Testing the Waters
Fair Hope Among the Grebo
Beneath an African Sky
Sorrows and Conflicts
The Bitter Cost of Freedom
Exploring Strange Worlds
The Conversion of William Davis (Mworeh Mah)
Rose-Tinted Glasses
"The Liberty of Choosing for Themselves"
Life Among the Mpongwe
Toko and the Waterwitch
A Sophisticated, Hospitable, and Heathen People
Rainforest Lessons
The French: "The Most Dishonest and Shameless People"
Home Visit
"He Worships with Sincere Devotion the Customs of His Ancestors"
Homeward Journey
An Unsought and Unexpected Appointment
A Patriot's Choice
Civil War
Home Ground
Distant Voices
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
Index of Names

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