Überblick:Pressestimmen 'Back to Africa is a terrific collection of letters one of the most important to emerge on nineteenth-century reform in years. The numerous letters from well-known black and white abolitionists coupled with the retrieval of letters written as well as received by Coates make this an indispensable book for anyone interested in nineteenth-century race relations and reform.'-John Stauffer Harvard University Synopsis Benjamin Coates was one of the best-known white supporters of African colonization in nineteenth-century America. A Quaker businessman from Philadelphia and a sometime officer of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society he was committed to helping Black Americans relocate to West Africa. This put him at the center of a discourse with abolitionists at home and abroad that included such leading thinkers as Joseph Jenkins Roberts Mary Ann Shadd Cary Henry Highland Garnet Frederick Douglass Alexander Crummell George L. Stearns and William Coppinger. Creative and restless cantankerous and charismatic these men and women dominated the struggle to end slavery and to achieve respect for African Americans. Back to Africa sheds new light on these remarkable personalities and their tireless efforts at reform. At the heart of the volume is a collection of over 150 recently recovered letters either written by Coates or addressed to him between 1848 and 1880 the years when Coates was most active in racial reform.Lapansky-Werner and Bacon have provided a far-reaching essay that places them in the context of nineteenth-century African American colonization ideas and the authors have led a team of young scholars who annotated the letters. Taken together the letters provide fascinating insight into the alliances and divisions within America's antislavery movement making Back to Africa essential reading for every student of black studies abolitionism Quaker history and nineteenth-century reform in general. Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende Emma J. Lapsansky-Werner is Professor of History and Curator of Special Collections at Haverford College.Margaret Hope Bacon is the author of numerous books including One Woman's Passion for Peace and Freedom: The Life of Mildred Scott Olmsted (1993).