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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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The Cape Mesurado Contract

The Cape Mesurado Contract

A Reconsideration

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New Directions in the Study of African American Recolonization

Eric Burin

University Press of Florida

Burin takes on the notion that colonization was a pipedream that allowed its supporters to sidestep the dilemmas that sprung from the existence of slavery and racism by looking at how the movement’s supporters transformed their ideas into action. He maintains that colonization was more than a form of escapism and that supporters of Liberia shaped society in significant ways. Perhaps most significantly, they converted their notions about colonization into the founding of Liberia, which started out as a colony but became a nation. As one of the world’s first black republics, it profoundly affected debates over slavery, freedom, and race. Significantly, this nation still exists and influences the world today.

Keywords:   Cape Mesurado, Liberia, Colonization

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