Black Livingstone

Black Livingstone

by Pagan Kennedy
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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. The recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, she was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, Britain's prestigious literary award.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142001769
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/17/2002
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.53(d)

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