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Black Livingstone: A True Tale of Adventure in the Nineteenth-Century Congo

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Publisher Comments:

n 1890 a twenty-four-year-old African American missionary named William Henry Sheppard departed for what was then the Belgian Congo, where for more than twenty years he ran a mission staffed by black Americans. Returning to America periodically, he was billed as the "Black Livingstone" and traveled the country telling tales of his adventures to packed auditoriums. An anthropologist, photographer, big-game hunter, and art collector, he helped expose the atrocities that occurred under the reign of King Leopold, eventually helping to break Belgium's hold on the Congo. Black Livingstone is the untold story of this extraordinary historical figure, a remarkable man who personified the adventure and ambiguities of his time.

Review:

"Kennedy is at her best showing how overt and subtle racial politics shaped Sheppard's mission work at every step. Her writing shines, as well, when she's celebrating Sheppard's many achievements....It's a kinship of the imagination, and it's in this respect that Black Livingstone is most fun. Kennedy's enthusiasm — her obvious crush, in fact, on Sheppard — carries you along." Maria Russo, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Kennedy is an engaging writer and ably captures the undercurrent of horror found everywhere in the late 19th-century Congo while honoring Sheppard's accomplishments, heroism and character." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Kennedy tries to give [Sheppard] his due. Unfortunately she's only partly successful because the documentary record of Sheppard's life is simply thin....As a result Kennedy frequently resorts to 'must haves' and 'perhapses'....The man emerges less as a concrete individual than as a vessel of predictable responses. Still, the author's enthusiasm for her subject is infectious and makes the book an engaging, quick read." Fritz Lanham, The Houston Chronicle

Review:

"The novelist Pagan Kennedy has written a biography of William Sheppard, one of the first black American missionaries to Africa. Black Livingstone is a deeply felt and moving book." Dinitia Smith, Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Kennedy takes on racism and imperialism in this first book-length exploration of Sheppard and his life. For students of African American studies, Presbyterian Church history, and anyone interested in colonial Africa." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-227) and index.

Synopsis:

n 1890 a twenty-four-year-old African American missionary named William Henry Sheppard departed for what was then the Belgian Congo, where for more than twenty years he ran a mission staffed by black Americans. Returning to America periodically, he was billed as the "Black Livingstone" and traveled the country telling tales of his adventures to packed auditoriums. An anthropologist, photographer, big-game hunter, and art collector, he helped expose the atrocities that occurred under the reign of King Leopold, eventually helping to break Belgium's hold on the Congo. Black Livingstone is the untold story of this extraordinary historical figure, a remarkable man who personified the adventure and ambiguities of his time.

About the Author

Pagan Kennedy is the author of seven books, including her most recent novel The Exes. She was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, Britain's prestigious literary award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142001769
Subtitle:
A True Tale of Adventure in the Nineteenth-Century Congo
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Kennedy, Pagan
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Missionaries
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Presbyterians
Subject:
African American missionaries
Subject:
African American Presbyterians
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. paperback e
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
131-02
Publication Date:
December 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
8.02x5.06x.48 in. .43 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Africa » Congo
History and Social Science » World History » Africa

Black Livingstone: A True Tale of Adventure in the Nineteenth-Century Congo
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Product details 264 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142001769 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Kennedy is at her best showing how overt and subtle racial politics shaped Sheppard's mission work at every step. Her writing shines, as well, when she's celebrating Sheppard's many achievements....It's a kinship of the imagination, and it's in this respect that Black Livingstone is most fun. Kennedy's enthusiasm — her obvious crush, in fact, on Sheppard — carries you along."
"Review" by , "Kennedy is an engaging writer and ably captures the undercurrent of horror found everywhere in the late 19th-century Congo while honoring Sheppard's accomplishments, heroism and character."
"Review" by , "Kennedy tries to give [Sheppard] his due. Unfortunately she's only partly successful because the documentary record of Sheppard's life is simply thin....As a result Kennedy frequently resorts to 'must haves' and 'perhapses'....The man emerges less as a concrete individual than as a vessel of predictable responses. Still, the author's enthusiasm for her subject is infectious and makes the book an engaging, quick read."
"Review" by , "The novelist Pagan Kennedy has written a biography of William Sheppard, one of the first black American missionaries to Africa. Black Livingstone is a deeply felt and moving book."
"Review" by , "Kennedy takes on racism and imperialism in this first book-length exploration of Sheppard and his life. For students of African American studies, Presbyterian Church history, and anyone interested in colonial Africa."
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-227) and index.
"Synopsis" by , n 1890 a twenty-four-year-old African American missionary named William Henry Sheppard departed for what was then the Belgian Congo, where for more than twenty years he ran a mission staffed by black Americans. Returning to America periodically, he was billed as the "Black Livingstone" and traveled the country telling tales of his adventures to packed auditoriums. An anthropologist, photographer, big-game hunter, and art collector, he helped expose the atrocities that occurred under the reign of King Leopold, eventually helping to break Belgium's hold on the Congo. Black Livingstone is the untold story of this extraordinary historical figure, a remarkable man who personified the adventure and ambiguities of his time.
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