Edward Wilmot Blyden: First Pan-Africanist?

[Washington, D. C.: Agency for International Development, Department of State?], [1966]. First edition. Corner-stapled, mimeographed sheets; 13 pp. In this paper prepared for the Ninth Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, the author argues that the Liberian-based educator, journalist and diplomat, Edward Wilmot Blyden (1832-1912), was the first Pan-Africanist. Although Blyden is widely considered the father of Pan-Africanism today, Schott’s contention was novel at the time since W. E. B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey and even the British George Padmore were all better known in both Pan-Africanist and academic circles. Schott is primarily interested in the influence of Christianity and the American Colonization Society on Blyden’s thought, including his later belief that European Christianity and African spirituality were largely incompatible. This paper was presented a year before the publication of black historian, Hollis Lynch’s, definitive biography of Blyden, “Edward Wilmot Blyden: Pan-Negro Patriot.” Some soiling to the blank terminal page, but a VG copy of this scarce publication. Four copies located in WorldCat institutions with only two of those in the U.S. Item #04084

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