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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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“We Have Found a Haven”

“We Have Found a Haven”

In the Land of His Fathers

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The Struggles of John Brown Russwurm

Winston James

NYU Press

This chapter describes events following Russwurm's arrival in Monrovia in November 1829. Like many other New World Pan-Africanists after him, Russwurm saw his arrival as much more than an individual migration; it was to him a fulfillment of prophecy, a part of the process leading toward the redemption of Africa. But accompanying the elation of arrival was the New World arrogance of “civilizing” Africa, which afflicted virtually all of the nineteenth-century black intellectuals who sought to make a home on the continent. Russwurm took on the job of superintendent of schools and simultaneously served as colonial secretary. He also combined these positions while effectively launching and editing the Liberia Herald, and serving as a partner in a merchant house he established with his Afro-Virginian friend Joseph Dailey.

Keywords:   John Brown Russwurm, Monrovia, Liberia, Africa, Pan-Africanists, black intellectuals

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