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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.

See also "In Senate of the United States, April 28, 1828. Mr. Tazewell made the following report: The Committee on Foreign Relations, to whom were referred sundry petitions and memorials, and the resolutions of several legislatures of different states, in relation to the colonization of persons of colour, have had all the said documents under their consideration, and now beg leave to report ...," United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations. and Littleton Waller Tazewell. Online U.S. Federal Documents.

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