By Doris Lessing
A hugely own tale of the eminent British author returning to her African roots that's "brilliant . . . [and] captures the contradictions of a tender country."--New York occasions e-book Review
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1859, ibid. Blyden to J. L. Wilson, a Feb. 1859, ibid. I have been unable to trace this correspondence. 20 Blyden to Gladstone, 20 April 1860, op. cit. '21 But even during this 'period of preparation' for leadership, Blyden was no ivory-tower scholar. He participated actively in public life and won the admiration of the leading men. A year after arriving in the Negro Republic, it was reported of him that 'It is such men that, above all others, are pressingly needed here... '22 Soon after settling, he became a correspondent of the Liberia Herald, an organ of the government and the only newspaper in Liberia, and was appointed by President Roberts as its editor for a year in 1855-6.
Nationality is an ordinance of Nature. The heart of every true Negro yearns after a distinct and separate nationality. Liberia was offering such: Liberia, with outstretched arms earnestly invites all to come. We call them forth out of all nations; we bid them to take up their all and leave the country of their exile... 82 But the stirring pleas of Blyden and the other Liberian commissioners were to no avail. For, appearances to the contrary, the outbreak of the Civil War was the signal for dropping schemes for Negro emigration.
1862. " Reprinted in ibid. 78 The town of an African King—Marmora—in the hinterland of Liberia. 74 LIBERIA AND P A N - N E G R O PLANS 1850-62 2Q respectable colored people so willingly submit, fondly hoping for the day when things will be better for them. I thought how sad it was that so many colored people seem disposed to cling to this land—fearing to go to Liberia lest they die of fever. But are they living in this country? Their color is the sign of every insult and contumely! Everybody and everything is preferred to them.
African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe by Doris Lessing