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Against Wind and TideThe African American Struggle against the Colonization Movement$
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Ousmane K. Power-Greene

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479823178

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479823178.001.0001

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“One of the Wildest Projects Ever”

“One of the Wildest Projects Ever”

Abolitionists and the Anticolonizationist Impulse, 1830–1840

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Against Wind and Tide

Ousmane K. Power-Greene

NYU Press

This chapter examines the role of anticolonization ideology and activism within the abolitionist movement during the period 1830–1840. From the Mid-Atlantic to New England, African Americans aired their disapproval of the views of the American Colonization Society (ACS) and convinced white abolitionists, most notably William Lloyd Garrison, that the ACS and its colonization project posed a major obstacle to the cause of ending slavery and to free blacks' struggle for citizenship. This chapter considers Garrison's efforts to undermine the ACS and how his newspaper, Liberator, became an important medium for African American abolitionists to strengthen their anticolonization position by expressing their own attitudes about slavery, racial prejudice, and colonization.

Keywords:   anticolonization, abolitionist movement, African Americans, American Colonization Society, William Lloyd Garrison, colonization, slavery, free blacks, citizenship, Liberator

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