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The Struggles of John Brown RusswurmThe Life and Writings of a Pan-Africanist Pioneer, 1799-1851$
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Winston James

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814742891

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814742891.001.0001

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From Boy to Man

From Boy to Man

(p.5) 1 From Boy to Man
The Struggles of John Brown Russwurm

Winston James

NYU Press

This chapter presents a biographical sketch of John Brown Russwurm. Born on October 1, 1799 in Port Antonio, capital of the eastern Jamaican parish of Portland, John Brown Russwurm was the son of a black mother and a white American merchant on the island, John R. Russwurm. Virtually nothing is known about Russwurm's mother; Russwurm senior was born into an upper-class Virginia family and moved to Jamaica to seek his fortune. John's father later married an American widow, Susan Blanchard, a woman in her twenties, who already had three children. Mrs. Russwurm was an educated and enlightened woman who welcomed Young John as a full member of the new family. The remainder of the chapter describes Russwurm's education, including his enrollment in Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1824. Upon graduating in 1826, he became one of the earliest black graduates of an American college and the first from Bowdoin.

Keywords:   John Brown Russwurm, Pan-African movement, biography, Bowdoin College

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