A Stranger in the Village

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1999-05-01
  • Publisher: Beacon Press

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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.

Table of Contents

The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth, Mountaineer, Scout and Pioneer and Chief of the Crow Nation of Indiansp. 6
Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Landsp. 15
The Life and Adventures of Nat Lovep. 23
Nellie Brown, or The Jealous Wife with Other Sketchesp. 30
The Pedro Gorinop. 32
A Negro Explorer at the North Polep. 46
Missionaries and Activists of the Nineteenth Century
"Letter to the Editor"p. 57
Memoirs of the Life, Religious Experience, Ministerial Travels and Labours of Mrs. Zilpha Elawp. 60
A Narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Princep. 68
An Autobiography: The Story of the Lord's Dealings with Mrs. Amanda Smith, The Colored Evangelistp. 77
Reminiscences of School Life, and Hints on Teachingp. 87
A Brief Account of the Settlement and Present Situation of the Colony of Sierra Leone, in Africap. 100
Official Report of the Niger Valley Exploring Partyp. 105
A Pilgrimage to My Motherlandp. 111
The Relations and Duties of Free Colored Men in America to Africap. 124
From West Africa to Palestinep. 137
"Little Portraits of Africa" from The Crisisp. 146
Black Power: A Record of Reactions in a Land of Pathosp. 150
The Rise and Fall of the Proper Negrop. 154
West African Travelsp. 161
The American Fugitive in Europe: Sketches of Places and People Abroadp. 169
The Diaries of Gwendolyn Bennettp. 175
"Yarrow Revisited" from The Crisisp. 180
"What Paris Means to Me" from Negro Digestp. 186
"Countee Cullen on French Courtesy" from The Crisisp. 189
"Encounter on the Seine: Black Meets Brown" from Notes of a Native Sonp. 193
A Narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Princep. 201
"Soviet Russia and the Negro" from The Crisisp. 206
"Going South in Russia" from The Crisisp. 215
"Notes from a Trip to Russia" from Sister Outsider: Essays and Speechesp. 221
Black Bolshevikp. 228
Russian Journalsp. 231
Truth Seekers: Statesmen, Scholars and Journalists (from 1930 to the Civil Rights Era)
"Naples and the Land of the Emigrant" from The Man Farthest Downp. 241
Angela Davis: An Autobiographyp. 251
"My Trip to Cuba in Quest of Negro Books" from Opportunityp. 259
Island Possessedp. 266
An African American in South Africap. 269
"My Trip to the Land of Gandhi" from Ebonyp. 281
"A Colored Brother Lost" from The Pitfall and the Proudp. 290
Visitors, Tourists, and "Others"
"African Fragment" from Report from Part Onep. 301
"How Far from Here to Mexico?" from The Crisisp. 311
"The City" from The Bern Book: A Record of the Voyage of the Mindp. 315
"Report from the Bahamas" from Moving Towards Home: Political Essaysp. 319
"Excerpts from a Dakar Diary" from Sagep. 330
"How She Came by Her Name" from Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions: Fiction, Essays, and Conversationsp. 334
"All It Took Was a Road/Unexpected Surprises of Urban Renewal" from If I Can Cook/You Know God Canp. 337
"No Stops Until Darwin" from A Long Way from St. Louiep. 340
Bibliographyp. 357
Acknowledgmentsp. 363
Creditsp. 365
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