"A welcome addition to scholarship in Arkansas, African American, and southern history. . . . Highly recommended."
"This is a serious work of scholarship. Barnes should be commended for meticulously and analytically treating a painful but important aspect of Liberian-American relations."
-- American Historical Review
"Drawing upon an impressive trove of primary and secondary materials. . . . Barnes demonstrates his skill and sensitivity as a thoughtful historian. . . . [A] substantive history. Meticulously researched and clearly written."
"A poignant portrait of the overlooked back-to-Africa movement in the American South."
W. Fitzhugh Brundage, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, editor of Booker T. Washington and Black Progress
"Anyone interested in the lives of poor black men and women will find this a compelling read."
James H. Meriwether, author of Proudly We Can Be Africans: Black Americans and Africa, 1935-1961
Journey of Hope
is a poignant portrait of the overlooked back-to-Africa movement in the American South. More than just a searing indictment of late-nineteenth-century American racism, this book provides a deeply researched and sensitive account of the courage, naivete, and desperation of those blacks who believed that they could only enjoy the fullness of freedom in Africa.--W. Fitzhugh Brundage, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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