Alexander Crummell (1819-1898) and the Creation of an African - American Church in Liberia

Author: Oldfield, J. R.
Year:1990
Pages:165
ISBN:0-88946-074-4
978-0-88946-074-4
Price:179.95
A pioneering work that draws on extensive research in archives in England and the United States to shed new light on Alexander Crummell, generally regarded as the leading black intellectual of the nineteenth century. Charts Crummell's extraordinary career as a writer, teacher, orator, and minister and explores his relationships with such persons as E. W. Blyden, John Edward Bruce, and W. E. B. DuBois. Pays particular attention to Crummell's work as a missionary with the Protestant Episcopal Church in West Africa. Uncovers for the first time his role in the creation of a national (Episcopal) church in Liberia and sheds new light on the genesis of his romantic racialism.

Reviews

"A well-researched biography tracing the stormy career of a nineteenth-century American black intellectual. About one third of the book deals with his work as an ordained missionary of the Episcopal Church in Liberia (1853-1872) where he was associated with E. W. Blyden in a minimally successful attempt to establish the academic and religious structures upon which a Christian African state could be built." - Theological Book Review ". . . carefully written and documented. . . . This book, with its excellent bibliography, is a miniature biography of Alexander Crummell as well as a detailed examination of his associations with Liberia." - The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

"This study goes a long way toward reinstating a neglected yet highly significant nineteenth-century black intellectual leader. . . . an excellent set of detailed notes appended to each chapter, the book surveys most succinctly Crummell's long and turbulent career. . . . combines careful and mature scholarship with a lively readable style. It will be of enormous value to students of African Christianity as well as to scholars working in the field of nineteenth century Afro-American history." - Journal of Religion in Africa

". . . includes many English details, as well as a good listing of sources. . . . particularly valuable for the study of this significant and somewhat tragic figure. . . " - Missiology . . . commendable for its clarity, stylistic polish, and acuteness in explaining complex issues. . . " - Anglican and Episcopal History

"This cogently argued text, based on many archival sources in Britain and American, lucidly and masterfully advances three broad themes. . . The significance of the book lies in its superior style of writing and substantiation of major themes advanced in