Liberia as I found it in 1858 (book)
In 1858, Rev. Alexander M. Cowan traveled to Liberia as an agent of the Kentucky Colonization Society. In the general remarks, Rev. Cowan gives a brief history of the migration of free African Americans 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 boarded the ship for Liberia until his return in early 1859. Rev. Cowan visited all of the communities established by Americans in Liberia.
Cowan's personal writings were published by A. G. Hodges, in Frankfort, KY, as a 184-page book, Liberia as I found it in 1858. The book is available at the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. and full-text online in the Gale subscription database Slavery & Anti-Slavery: a Transnational Archive ; and online at Google Books.