Alexander Crummell: A Study of Civilization and Discontent

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Oxford University Press, Aug 17, 1989 - History - 400 pages
This remarkable biography, based on much new information, examines the life and times of one of the most prominent African-American intellectuals of the nineteenth century. Born in New York in 1819, Alexander Crummell was educated at Queen's College, Cambridge, after being denied admission to Yale University and the Episcopal Seminary on purely racial grounds. In 1853, steeped in the classical tradition and modern political theory, he went to the Republic of Liberia as an Episcopal missionary, but was forced to flee to Sierra Leone in 1872, having barely survived republican Africa's first coup. He accepted a pastorate in Washington, D.C., and in 1897 founded the American Negro Academy, where the influence of his ideology was felt by W.E.B. Du Bois and future progenitors of the Garvey Movement. A pivotal nineteenth-century thinker, Crummell is essential to any understanding of twentieth-century black nationalism.

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Contents

1 Introduction
3
2 The Early Years 18191840
11
3 The Struggles of a Young Priest 18411847
34
4 Arrival in England 18481849
52
5 Cambridge Influences 18491853
67
6 Adjustment to Africa 18531861
89
7 Changing Attitudes in America and a Visit Home 18531863
119
8 Liberia College and the Politics of Knowledge 18631867
146
11 Reconsidering the Destiny of Black Americans 18721882
196
12 A Man of Mark 18821894
222
13 Pastor Emeritus 18941896
242
The American Negro Academy 18961898
258
15 Crummells Universality and Significance
276
Notes
303
Bibliography
348
Constitution and ByLaws of the American Negro Academy
365

9 Last Battles with the Bishop 18671870
162
10 Missionary Work and Final Disillusionment 18701872
179
Index
367
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