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Liberia as I found it in 1858 (book)

In 1858, Rev. Alexander M. Cowan traveled to Liberia, he was an agent of the Kentucky Colonization Society. In the general remarks, Rev. Cowan gives a brief history of the migration of free African Americas going to Africa as early as 1820 via the American Colonization Society. His writing continues with a detailed account of his experiences, observations, and conclusions from the time he boards the ship for Liberia until his return in early 1859. Rev. Cowan visited all of the communities established by Americans in Liberia. His personal writings were published by A. G. Hodges, in Frankfort, KY, into a 184 page book titled Liberia as I found it in 1858. The book is available at the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center, and is also available full-text in the Gale subscription database Slavery & Anti-Slavery: a Transnational Archive.

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