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The Struggles of John Brown Russwurm – The Life and Writings of a Pan-Africanist Pioneer, 1799-1851 - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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The Struggles of John Brown Russwurm: The Life and Writings of a Pan-Africanist Pioneer, 1799-1851

Winston James


John Brown Russwurm (1799–1851) is almost completely missing from the annals of the Pan-African movement, despite the pioneering role he played. Russwurm's life is one of “firsts”: first African American graduate of Maine's Bowdoin College; co-founder of Freedom's Journal, America's first newspaper to be owned, operated, and edited by African Americans; and, following his emigration to Africa, first black governor of the Maryland section of Liberia. Despite his accomplishments, Russwurm struggled internally with the perennial Pan-Africanist dilemma of whether to go to Africa or stay and fight ... More

Keywords: John Brown Russwurm, Pan-African movement, Pan-Africanist thought, African Diaspora, Early American Republic, African Americans, black emancipation, white supremacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814742891
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814742891.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Winston James, author