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The Struggles of John Brown RusswurmThe Life and Writings of a Pan-Africanist Pioneer, 1799-1851$
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Winston James

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814742891

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814742891.001.0001

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Quitting America and Its Cost

Quitting America and Its Cost

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The Struggles of John Brown Russwurm

Winston James

NYU Press

This chapter deals with Russwurm's about-face from being a critic to a supporter of black colonization in Africa. He saw the establishment of a colony in Africa as a way for blacks to escape the constant discrimination they face in the United States. Despite the avalanche of abuse heaped upon him and the colonization project, Russwurm not only remained convinced of the rightness of his decision but also repeatedly expressed confidence that his critics would soon see the errors of their ways. He was at times self-righteous. Moreover, he saw growing evidence that the colonization argument was gaining ground among the free people of color, evidence no one else had apparently discerned.

Keywords:   John Brown Russwurm, African Americans, black colonization, Africa, black colony, race discrimination

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