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Journey of Hope: The Back-to-Africa Movement in Arkansas in the Late 1800s (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture) Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2004
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"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
In his well-researched and groundbreaking book, Kenneth C. Barnes illuminates the largely untold story of approximately six hundred African Americans from central Arkansas in the late 1880s who participated in the 'back to Africa' movement. . . . Barnes gives this complex and revealing story the scrutiny and attention it deserves.--Journal of American History
Using his considerable writing skills, Kenneth Barnes crafts a highly readable narrative that turns this story about a relatively small group of people into a fascinating account that speaks to many issues of the era--race relations in the South, the meanings of Reconstruction's demise, the lives and hopes of African Americans, and felt connections to Africa. Above all, anyone interested in the lives of poor black men and women in the late nineteenth century will find this a compelling read.--James H. Meriwether, author of Proudly We Can Be Africans: Black Americans and Africa, 1935-1961
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
A welcome addition to scholarship in Arkansas, African American, and southern history. . . . Highly recommended.--Choice
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.--History
A captivating story.--Arkansas Libraries
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Barnes, Kenneth C. 2005 Journey of Hope: The Back-To-Africa Movement in Arkansas in the Late 1800s (Google eBook). University of North Carolina Press books.google.com/books?isbn=0807876224
My intent was to follow the expeditions to free Cuba from Spain, and thus the vessels Horsa and especially the Laurada came to my attention via computer searches. It was a surprise to learn that both vessels had also served in the Back to Africa Movement.
"page 135 `...in fact, about half of all known emigrants to Liberia from Arkansas traveled on the two large IMS-sponsored expeditions aboard the his Horsa and Laurada in 1895 and 1896. The Laurada's voyage of March 1896 would transport the last boatload of American settlers to the Liberian Republic."
Perhaps there are some who do not know about the role these ships played in driving the Spanish out of Cuba.
Gibraltar is on the edge of the sea currents that wash towards the northwestern coast of Africa, however after passing the Canary Island the currents ride towards the Caribbean and thus to Cuba. Thus I wanted to know (for book in progress Love and War in Cuba") which group of freedom seekers was the Laurada carrying at that time it stopped there.
This book, Journey of Hope: answered my question (see above citation)
However, there was racial component to this voyage too. The Spanish government was doing everything in its power to stop the Cubans from achieving freedom. These Spanish efforts included trying to drive a wedge between white and black in the Cuban Mambi army.
In this the New York Times played an unfortunate propaganda role.Read more ›