Solomon Carter Fuller: Where My Caravan Has Rested is the documentation of the life and accomplishments of an African American who would not allow racism to quench resolve and commitment to a productive life in medicine and scientific research. Dr. Fuller was born in Africa in 1872, the grandson of American slaves. He was America's first black psychiatrist and one of the first black physicians to hold faculty rank at an American medical school. He was a widely published neuropathologist and a pioneer in Alzheimer's disease research. To provide the reader with some insight into the life experiences that influenced and motivated Dr. Fuller, the book traces his family history from the days of slavery to the 1950s, crossing the North American, African, and European continents. Information obtained from his personal notes and interviews with his family provide a glimpse of the racial oppression that Fuller sought to overcome in both his personal and professional lives. This classic "Horatio Alger" strive and succeed story has important implications for our understanding of American, African, and European culture.
Fuller's biography is an important addition to black history and to the history of medicine, not only for its account of a man whose achievements were many, but also for its portrait of what it was like to be black in the days of slavery, during the colonization of Liberia, and as a husband, father, and physician in early 20th century white America.
Mary Kaplan is Instructor and Director of Student Internship Programs, School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida. Kaplan holds a M.S.W. from Catholic University.
Chapter 1 List of Illustrations Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 Preface Chapter 4 Acknowledgements Chapter 5 Introduction Chapter 6 Fuller's Arrival in Germany, 1905 Chapter 7 The Beginning: John Lewis Fuller, Norfolk, Virginia, 1830 Chapter 8 A New Life in Africa: Monrovia, 1852 Chapter 9 In Pursuit of a Dream: North Carolina, 1889 Chapter 10 Learning and Teaching: Boston, 1897 Chapter 11 The Science of German: Munich, 1904 Chapter 12 The Doctor and the Sculptor: Westboro, 1906 Chapter 13 Pioneer in American Psychiatry: Framingham, 1909 Chapter 14 Contributions to Science and Medicine: Westborough, 1911 Chapter 15 The Later Years: Framingham, 1933 Chapter 16 Recognition of Accomplishments: Boston, 1974 Chapter 17 Epilogue: Washington, DC, 2001 Chapter 18 Appendix: Publications of Solomon Carter Fuller Chapter 19 Notes Chapter 20 About the Author Chapter 21 Index