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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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The Man Out of Place

(p.3) Prologue
The Struggles of John Brown Russwurm

Winston James

NYU Press

This prologue begins with reflections on how John Brown Russwurm is almost completely missing from the annals of the Pan-African movement. It argues that Russwurm deserves better. His pioneering efforts, achievements, and example as educator, abolitionist, editor, government official, staunch emigrationist, and colonizationist put him in the vanguard of the Pan-African movement. It then sets out the book's two main goals: to provide a biographical portrait of the man, including a critical assessment of his contributions, and to give readers an opportunity to peruse and engage with Russwurm's own writings, in their richness, complexity, passion, and pathos, as well as their insights and blindnesses, strengths, and weaknesses.

Keywords:   John Brown Russwurm, Pan-African movement, biography, writings

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