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New Directions in the Study of African American Recolonization$
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Beverly C. Tomek and Matthew J. Hetrick

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054247

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054247.001.0001

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Experiments in Colonial Citizenship in Sierra Leone and Liberia

Experiments in Colonial Citizenship in Sierra Leone and Liberia

(p.184) 9 Experiments in Colonial Citizenship in Sierra Leone and Liberia
New Directions in the Study of African American Recolonization

Bronwen Everill

University Press of Florida

Looking at African resettlement in Sierra Leone and Liberia within the context of the Atlantic world and movements like that in Haiti to define citizenship and subjecthood, Everill argues that these resettlement projects spawned numerous innovations in self-representation and constitutionalism. She maintains that, experimenting with ideas of colonial citizenship and representation, empires sought to retain and expand their influence in the wake of the American, Haitian, and Latin American revolutions for indepedence. Polities that did not consider themselves empires, however, like the United States, had to navigate ideas of citizenship, representation, and independence as they expanded beyond their original borders. As a result, she argues, the structures of colonial governance in early Sierra Leone and Liberia reflected the emergence of two competing models of constitutional colonial development.

Keywords:   Sierra Leone, Liberia, Citizenship, Colonies

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