Middle Passages by James T. Campbell
African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005

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Penguin announces a prestigious new series under presiding editor Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Many works of history deal with the journeys of blacks in bondage from Africa to the United States along the ?middle passage,? but there is also a rich and little examined history of African Americans traveling in the opposite direction. In Middle Passages, award-winning historian James T. Campbell vividly recounts more than two centuries of African American journeys to Africa, including the experiences of such extraordinary figures as Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Richard Wright, Malcolm X, and Maya Angelou. A truly groundbreaking work, Middle Passages offers a unique perspective on African Americans? ever-evolving relationship with their ancestral homeland, as well as their complex, often painful relationship with the United States.


About James T. Campbell

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JAMES CAMPBELL is the author of The Final Frontiersman and The Ghost Mountain Boys. He has written for Outside magazine and many other publications.
Published April 24, 2007 by Penguin Books. 544 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Many African-Americans did travel to West Africa in resettlement schemes, and many died en route, while “many of those that survived immediately began searching for ways to return to the United States.” So it was with author Richard Wright, who traveled to Ghana to witness independence and was te...

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Historian Campbell, whose Songs of Zion (1995) traced African Methodist Episcopal Church's history and garnered multiple awards, here traces the travels and travails of diverse African-Americans-missi

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Since the early days of the Republic, American blacks have traveled to Africa.

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