Date of Award

5-1-2015

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name

D.A.H.

Department

African-American Studies

First Advisor

Josephine B. Bradley, Ph.D

Abstract

This study investigated the productiveness of the legacy of Edward Wilmot Blyden as an educator, Pan-Negro Patriot, politician, and missionary from 1821 to 1912. The study was based on the premise that Blyden contributed to the re-Africanization of freed blacks who emigrated to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Historical analysis was used as a methodology for the investigation of Blyden's effectiveness on the various roles he fulfilled toward helping freed blacks in their struggles to become African. The researcher found that freed blacks who had emigrated to Liberia and Sierra Leone, in West Africa, were able to adapt and to improve their lives intellectually; they were also able to improve their political and social status through the teachings of Edward Wilmot Blyden's philosophy of re-Africanization. The conclusion drawn from the findings reveals that Blyden was successful in each activity undertaken— especially in the re-Africanization of the emigrants.

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