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West African Countries and Peoples, British and Native

West African Countries and Peoples, British and Native
And a Vindication of the African Race

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  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108028592

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  • This book, first published in 1868, became the best-known work of medical officer and writer James Africanus Beale Horton (1835–1883), who was born in Sierra Leone to parents of Igbo descent. He was chosen by the British to train as an army medical officer and attended King's College, London, and Edinburgh University. He returned to West Africa and published his doctoral thesis, which was a medical topography of the region; subsequent works called for health reforms. West African Countries, however, went beyond medicine. In it Horton refutes the derogatory racial theories about Africans rife in Victorian Britain and its empire, and he examines the possibility of self-government and how it might function in Sierra Leone and other territories in West Africa, foreshadowing the decolonisation that took place almost one hundred years later.

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    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108028592
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. West African Countries and Peoples, and the Negro's Place in Nature:
    1. Description of the original and uncivilized state of the native tribes
    2. The origin, dangers, and progressive development of the Liberian Republic
    3. Exposition of erroneous views respecting the African
    4. False theories of modern anthropologists
    5. Some anatomical accounts of Negro physique
    6. The progressive advancement of the Negro race under civilizing influence
    Part II. African Nationality:
    7. General observations: self-government of the Gambia
    8. Self-government of Sierra Leone: Kingdom of Sierra Leone
    9. Self-government of the Gold Coast
    10. Self-government of the Gold Coast: Kingdom of Fantee
    11. Self-government of the Gold Coast: Republic of Accra
    12. Self-government of Lagos and its interior countries: Kingdom of the Akus
    13. Empire of the Eboes
    Part III. Requirements of the Various Colonies and Settlements:
    14. Requirements of Sierra Leone
    15. Requirements of the Gambia
    16. Requirements of the Gold Coast
    17. Requirements of Lagos
    Some remarks on the Republic of Liberia
    18. Concluding remarks
    advice to the rising generation in West Africa
    Index.

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    James Africanus Beale Horton

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