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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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(p.223) Afterword
Atlantic Passages

Robert Murray

University Press of Florida

The continued use of oburoni in the twenty-first century despite the Ghana’s government’s best efforts to reduce use of the term and the nineteenth-century origins of America’s black university system in a college dedicated to sending educated officials to the Republic of Liberia remind us to embrace the complexity of these mobile Atlantic societies. Settlers forced colonizationists to uphold bargains and make good on their rhetoric of black opportunity in Africa, and for certain colonizationists the fulfillment of those promises would have to begin and be continuously upheld in America. Liberia was not an end for many but only a way station. The actions on one side of the ocean resonated on the other, often with unintended consequences.

Keywords:   Ghana, College, Liberia, Atlantic societies, Settlers, colonizationists, black opportunity, Africa, America

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