African Life and Customs

African Life and Customs

by Edward Wilmot Blyden


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African life and Customs is an essential collection of Edward Wilmont Blyden's articles that examines the socioeconomic structure of African society. A native of St. Thomas, West Indies, Blyden (1832-1912) lived most of his life on the African continent. He was an accomplished educator, linguist, writer, and world traveler, who strongly defended the unique character of African and its people.

In African life and Customs, Blyden examined the culture of "pure" Africans-those untouched by European and Asiatic influences. He identified the family as the basic unit in African society and polygamy as the foundation of African families. He described African social systems as cooperative; everyone worked for each other. No one went without work, food, or clothing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780933121430
Publisher: Black Classic Press
Publication date: 03/01/1994
Series: African Studies
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 91
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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