A Stranger in the Village: Two Centuries of African-American Travel Writing

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Farah Jasmine Griffin, Cheryl J. Fish
Beacon Press, 1998 - Social Science - 366 pages
Two Centuries of African-American Travel Writing

This anthology documents two centuries of writing by African-Americans who have traveled abroad in search of new opportunities, political insight, pleasure, and adventure. Includes work by James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Matthew Henson, W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Ntozake Shange, and more.
 

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Griffin (English, Pennsylvania State Univ.) and Fish (English, CCNY) have teamed to compile and edit an interesting and entertainingly disparate group of writings by well-known and not-so-well-known ... Read full review

Contents

ADVENTURERS
3
MARY SEACOLE 1857 from Wonderful Adventures of
15
Nat Love 1907 from The Life and Adventures
23
THOMAS DETTER 1871 from Nellie Brown or The Jealous
30
MATTHEW A HENSON 1908 from A Negro Explorer at
46
Missionaries and Activists of the Nineteenth CENTURY
55
ZILPHA ELAW 1846 from Memoirs of the Life Religious
60
NANCY PRINCE 1853 from A Narrative of the Life
68
from Negro Digest
186
JAMES BALDWIN 1955
193
Russia
199
from The Crisis
206
Essays
221
STATESMEN Scholars and Journalists
241
An Auto
251
Negro Books from Opportunity
266

The Story
77
FANNY JACKSON COPPIN 1913 from Reminiscences of School Life
87
PART
93
PAUL CUFFE 1812 from A Brief Account of
100
ROBERT CAMPBELL 1859 from A Pilgrimage to
111
ALEXANDER CRUMMELL 1860 from The Relations and Duties
124
W E B Du Bois 1924 Little Portraits of Africa
146
SYLVIA ARDYN BOONE 1974
161
FRANCE
167
Bennett
175
from Ebony
281
GWENDOLYN BROOKS 1972 African Fragment
301
SUE BAILEY THURMAN 1930 How Far from Here to Mexico?
311
JUNE JORDAN 1989 Report from the Bahamas
319
FLORENCE CAWTHORNE LADD 1982 Excerpts from a Dakar Diary
330
NI ZAKE SHANGE 1998 All It Took Was a Road
337
BIBLIOGRAPHY
357
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
363
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Farah J. Griffin, author of Who Set You Flowin'?, is associate professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Cheryl J. Fish is assistant professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.

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