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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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“The Cause Is God’s and Must Prevail”

“The Cause Is God’s and Must Prevail”

Building an Anticolonizationist Wall in Great Britain, 1830–1850

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Against Wind and Tide

Ousmane K. Power-Greene

NYU Press

This chapter examines the anticolonization movement in Britain and how it helped black abolitionists in their fight to end slavery in the United States. During the 1830s and 1840s, the American Colonization Society (ACS) sought financial support for their African colonization project. In response to ACS agents courting British antislavery leaders and presenting colonization as if it were popular among blacks in America, black abolitionists like Nathaniel Paul joined forces with William Lloyd Garrison to challenge Elliot Cresson and other colonizationist agents to procure philanthropic dollars and win public sympathy. This chapter considers how Garrison, Paul, and other abolitionists engaged ACS leaders in public debate in an effort to convince the British public that African Americans had no intention of emigrating to Liberia.

Keywords:   anticolonization movement, Britain, abolitionists, American Colonization Society, colonization, antislavery, Nathaniel Paul, William Lloyd Garrison, Elliot Cresson, Liberia

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