Author: Matthew A. Henson
Hardcover: 224 pages
Originally published in 1912 as A Negro Explorer at the North Pole by the renowned African-American explorer Matthew A. Henson, this compelling first-hand account describes the journey Henson had undertaken with Robert E. Peary three years earlier to reach the North Pole.
Some expedition members questioned Peary's decision to take a black man, with whom he had traveled almost twenty years, on the final leg of the journey. Others defended it, citing Henson's popularity with the Inuit, whose language and skills he'd mastered. Upon their return, Peary received wide recognition from the National Geographic Society and the U.S. government for ostensibly reaching the Pole, but Henson was largely ignored, except in the Black community. In later years, Henson received much deserved acclaim for his twenty-three-year contribution to Peary's expeditions.
This 100th anniversary edition is enhanced with material from The Explorers Club's archives, including photographs of Henson ephemera. It also contains a list of Henson's honors and a bibliography of celebratory accounts of his achievements.
'An original document...One of the giants of polar exploration, Henson had the graceful modesty of genuinely big men.' - Washington Post Book World
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