African Journey

By: Robeson, Eslanda Goode

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Book Condition: Very Good


Hardcover with dust jacket, burgundy cloth with gilt spine titles, 15 by 21.7 cm, 154 pp. plus 64 pp. of illus. The hardcover is very good with light wear at the extremities, some spots of light soiling on the front cover, and a date in red pen on the rear pastedown; the jacket is good with light edgewear and chips, light soiling, and old masking tape repairs on the backside of the jacket at the head and tail of the spine panel. While often overshadowed by her husband, the singer, actor, and political activist Paul Robeson, Eslanda Robeson (1895-1965) was an anthropologist and civil rights and political activist in her own right. From the front flap: “Already a trained scientist, [Eslanda Robeson] began some years ago to study for her doctor’s degree in anthropology. As part of her fieldwork she went to Africa in 1936 taking her son, then eight years old. While there she kept a lively journal and took many photographs. Since her return she has continued her studies. Now she publishes the pertinent sections of her journal, with new material added bringing facts down to date. The unusual value of this book is that it shows Africa through the eyes of an American Negro. Mrs. Robeson is glad and proud to be a Negro. She is conscious, as millions of other Americans are, of roots running back to an ‘old country’ across the seas. She is aware, too, that the Negro problem is not only the problem of the 13 million Negroes in America, but also the far greater problem of the 150, million Africans in Africa – and she is linked with the problem of India and China, and with those of minorities everywhere. With this large view she went to South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Congo. She visited African kings and British governors, villages, gold mines, plantations, pygmies, herdswomen, modern African leaders. No white visitor could have seen and heard what she saw and heard, or could have told of it as she does. And often the page is vivid with the flash of a thing seen freshly by the wide, keen eyes of her young son. Today Africa is coming into focus before the world. For the first time since the penetration of that ‘darkest’ land, the peoples of the world have to take account of the people of Africa. That is Mrs. Robeson‘s challenge, and she offers rich, human material for all to learn by.”

Title: African Journey

Author Name: Robeson, Eslanda Goode

Categories: Africa, Travel, Anthropology,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, The John Day Co.: 1945

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good

Seller ID: 3125