Uganda's White Man of Work: A Story of Alexander M. Mackay


Uganda's White Man of Work: A Story of Alexander M. Mackay is a children’s biography of Alexander Murdoch Mackay (1849–90), a pioneering missionary to Uganda. In 1876 Mackay answered a call of the Church Missionary Society to go to Uganda after King Mutesa I of Buganda told the explorer Henry Morton Stanley of his interest in receiving Christian missionaries. Mackay spent nearly 14 years in Uganda. In addition to teaching the Christian gospel, he worked as a farmer, carpenter, bridge and road builder, schoolmaster, printer, and translator, causing the Ugandans to give him a new name, Muzungu-wa Kazi, meaning “white man of work.” Published by the Young People's Missionary Movement in New York, the book was meant to inspire children and young adults interested in missionary endeavors. It includes illustrations, a listing of Ugandan words and their pronunciation, and a map of British East Africa and German East Africa showing Mackay’s principal journeys. The book is by Sophia Blanche Lyon Fahs (1876–1978), an American author, editor, and religious activist who took a special interest in the religious education of children.

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Young People's Missionary Movement, New York


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vii, 289 pages : illustrations, maps


  • From the Uganda Christian University. Digitized at the National Library of Uganda with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Last updated: March 7, 2014