By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey

By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey

Erskine Clarke


In early November 1834, an aristocratic younger couple from Savannah and South Carolina sailed from big apple and started a wierd seventeen 12 months odyssey in West Africa. Leighton and Jane Wilson sailed alongside what used to be for them an unique beach, visited towns and villages, and infrequently ventured up nice rivers and old paths. alongside the way in which they encountered not just many assorted landscapes, peoples, and cultures, but in addition a lot of persons all alone odysseys--including Paul Sansay, a former slave from Savannah; Mworeh Mah, an excellent Grebo chief, and his appealing daughter, Mary Clealand, at Cape Palmas; and King Glass and the clever and funny Toko in Gabon. Leighton and Jane Wilson had freed their inherited slaves, and have been to develop into the main influential American missionaries in West Africa in the course of the first half the 19th century. whereas Jane demonstrated colleges, Leighton fought the overseas slave exchange and the imperialism of colonization. He translated parts of the Bible into Grebo and Mpongwe and thereby helped to put the basis for the emergence of an indigenous African Christianity.

The Wilsons back to manhattan as a result of in poor health well-being, yet their odyssey was once now not over. dwelling within the booming American city, the Wilsons welcomed into their good-looking domestic viewers from world wide as they labored for the speedily increasing Protestant undertaking stream. because the Civil warfare approached, besides the fact that, they heard the siren voice in their Southern fatherland calling from deep inside their thoughts. They sought to withstand its seductions, however the name grew to become extra insistent and, ultimately, impossible to resist. regardless of their years of battling slavery, they gave themselves to a historical past and a humans dedicated to preserving slavery and its deep oppression—both an act of deep love for a spot and folks, and the desertion of an ethical vision.

A sweeping transatlantic tale of excellent intentions and sour outcomes, By the Rivers of Water finds far-off worlds associated by way of deep faiths.

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