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Atlantic Bonds : A Nineteenth-century Odyssey from America to Africa (Hardcover) (Lisa A. Lindsay)

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A decade before the American Civil War, James Churchwill Vaughan (1828–93) set out to fulfill his formerly enslaved father's dying wish that he should leave America to start a new life in Africa. Over the next forty years, Vaughan was taken captive, fought in African wars, built and rebuilt a livelihood, and led a revolt against white racism, finally becoming a successful merchant and the founder of a wealthy, educated, and politically active family. Tracing Vaughan's journey from South Carolina to Liberia to several parts of Yorubaland (present-day southwestern Nigeria), Lisa Lindsay documents this "free" man's struggle to find economic and political autonomy in an era when freedom was not clear and unhindered anywhere for people of African descent.

In a tour de force of historical investigation on two continents, Lindsay tells a story of Vaughan's survival, prosperity, and activism against a seemingly endless series of obstacles. By following Vaughan's transatlantic journeys and comparing his experiences to those of his parents, contemporaries, and descendants in Nigeria and South Carolina, Lindsay reveals the expansive reach of slavery, the ambiguities of freedom, and the surprising ways that Africa, rather than America, offered new opportunities for people of African descent.
Number of Pages: 312
Genre: History, Social Science
Series Title: H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr
Author: Lisa A. Lindsay
Language: English
Street Date: February 1, 2017
TCIN: 51965840
UPC: 9781469631127
Item Number (DPCI): 248-37-8476
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