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Our origin, dangers and duties. The annual address before the Mayor and Common Council of the City of Monrovia, July 26, 1865, the day of national independence; and repeated on Tuesday, August 1, 1865, at Caldwell, St. Paul's River
John A. Gray & Green, printers, New York 1865 - First edition, 8vo, pp. 42; original cream printed wrappers; minor soiling, else fine.Blyden (1832-1912) was the first Liberian to visit Lebanon where he went to study Arabic in the cause of pan-Africanism. He was born in the West Indies and later hailed from Sierra Leone. At various points in his career he was the president of Liberia College, was Liberian Secretary of State, Minister of the Interior, and Minister to Britain. Between 1850 and 1896 he visited the United States eight times. "Blyden was easily the most learned and articulate champion of Africa and the Negro race in his own time. To his educated Negro contemporaries his achievements as litterateur, educator, theologian, politician, statesman, diplomat and explorer, were the most convincing refutation of the oft- repeated white charges of Negro inferiority. His teachings, incessantly propounded, that Negros had a history and a culture of which they could be proud, and that with the help New World Negros a progressive civilization could be built in Africa, gave members of his race a new pride and hope, and inspired succeeding generations of African nationalists and New World Negro leaders" (Hollis R. Lynch, Edward Wilmot Blyden: Pan-Negro Patriot, Oxford University Press, 1967).Eight copies in OCLC: AAS, Harvard, Penn, NYPL, Rochester, Emory, Cornell, and LC. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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