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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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“A Desire to Better their Condition”

“A Desire to Better their Condition”

European Immigration, African Colonization, and the Lure of Consensual Emancipation

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New Directions in the Study of African American Recolonization

Andrew Diemer

University Press of Florida

This chapter points out that colonizationist rhetoric was, in some ways, more important than the practical consequences of the movement. Even as the American Colonization Society facilitated some six thousand emancipations over the course of its existence, it also played a large role in shaping antislavery discourse that portrayed outright emancipation as too radical and colonization as the only practical solution. Colonizationists depicted the practicality of their movement by comparing it to the movement of European immigrants into the United States, and this chapter looks at this rhetoric.

Keywords:   Immigration, Emancipation, Colonization Rhetoric, Political Antislavery

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