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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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Rethinking Colonization in the Early United States

Rethinking Colonization in the Early United States

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New Directions in the Study of African American Recolonization

Nicholas Guyatt

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores a number of myths and misconceptions surrounding the colonization movement to reassess the role of the movement in early U.S. history. It focuses particularly on the arguments, first made by immediate abolitionists but later supported by many historians, that the movement was a proslavery effort as well as an effort to ensure that the United States would be a “white man’s country.” Guyatt argues that these familiar approaches code colonization as racist in its intentions and proslavery in its effects and have thus prevented us from confronting the awkward truth that many supporters of colonization were indeed opposed to both slavery and prejudice. To reconcile this, he explores the motives and tactics of the American Colonization Society (ACS), looking beyond the society and towards the full range of colonization thinking in the early United States.

Keywords:   Colonization, Slavery, American Colonization Society

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