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    One of the First Book Length Works on
    the Return of Freed Slaves to Africa

    Robert, Campbell. A Pilgrimage to My Motherland. New York / Philadelphia: Thomas Hamilton / The Author, 1861. First Edition. Octavo. 145 pages. Tinted lithographic portrait frontispiece of the author with original tissue guard. Lithographed folding map of "The Aku Country" mounted on recto of preceding blank leaf. Bound in blind stamped brown cloth with gilt titles to spine. Minor soiling to upper board. Gilt lettering on spine dulled but legible. Partially rebacked with original spine laid down. Corners and spine ends bumped. Frontispiece with edge wear, small chips and minor edge tears, few pages with spots of foxing or minor smudges. Very good.

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    This is one of the first book length works on "emigrationism", the return of freed slaves to Africa. It presents a host of arguments--sociologic, political as well as economic--for the viability of such a program. Jamaican born Robert Campbell accompanied abolitionist Martin Delany on his expedition to explore the Niger Valley in 1859 to investigate the area a potential emigration area for freed slaves. Their journey resulted in two volumes published in 1861, being this book and Delany's "Official Report of the Niger Valley Exploring Party". Campbell followed through on the promise of his preface and returned to live in Africa. "...if I am still asked what I think of Africa for the colored man to live and do well in, I simply answer, that with as good prospects in America as colored men generally, I have determined, with my wife and children, to go to Africa to live, leaving the inquirer to interpret the reply for himself."



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    April, 2016
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