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Atlantic PassagesRace, Mobility, and Liberian Colonization$
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Robert Murray

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066752

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066752.001.0001

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“To Be Called a Free Colored Man in the States Is Synonymous with What We Here Term Slavery”

“To Be Called a Free Colored Man in the States Is Synonymous with What We Here Term Slavery”

Transformative Mobility and Liberian Travels through the United States

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(p.23) 1 “To Be Called a Free Colored Man in the States Is Synonymous with What We Here Term Slavery”
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Atlantic Passages
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Robert Murray

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066752.003.0002

In chapter 1 Murray establishes the trajectories of several Liberian settlers’ during their travels in the United States, what they wanted to accomplish, and what they actually attained. He traces how the settlers’ whiteness became entangled with arguments regarding their relative “civilization” and the power that discourse provided to certain well-positioned settlers to make claims for an elevated status. These settlers sought a liminal position between antipodal whiteness and blackness; they hoped to remain undefined and unfixed and, in this manner, slip through American society’s racialized norms. The same ships that returned Liberian settlers to America also brought native Africans across the Atlantic to America. The resulting exchange between the two societies shaped racial consciousness not only in the United States but also within the Liberian colonies themselves.

Keywords:   civilization, Liberian settlers, whiteness, blackness, Atlantic, America

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