Against wind and tide : the African American struggle against the colonization movement / Ousmane K. Power-Greene.

By: Power-Greene, Ousmane K [author.]Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksEarly American places: Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2014]Copyright date: ©2014Description: 1 online resource (245 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781479876693; 1479876690Subject(s): African Americans -- Colonization -- Africa | Back to Africa movement -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Against wind and tide.DDC classification: 973 | 973.0496073 | 973/.0496073 LOC classification: E448 | .P786 2014Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
1. "The Means of Alleviating the Suffering": Haitian Emigration and the Colonization Movement, 1817-1830 -- 2. "One of the Wildest Projects Ever": Abolitionists and the Anticolonizationist Impulse, 1830-1840 -- 3. "The Cause Is God's and Must Prevail": Building an Anticolonizationist Wall in Great Britain, 1830-1850 -- 4. Resurrecting the "Iniquitous Scheme": The Rebirth of the Colonization Movement in America, 1840-1854 -- 5. "An Undue Illusion": Emigration, Colonization, and the Destiny of the Colored Races, 1850-1858 -- 6. "For God and Humanity": Anticolonization in the Civil War Era.
Summary: "Against Wind and Tide tells the story of African American's battle against the American Colonization Society (ACS), founded in 1816 with the intention to return free blacks to its colony Liberia. Although ACS members considered free black colonization in Africa a benevolent enterprise, most black leaders rejected the ACS, fearing that the organization sought forced removal. As Ousmane K. Power-Greene's story shows, these African American anticolonizationists did not believe Liberia would ever be a true 'black American homeland.' In this study of anticolonization agitation, Power-Greene draws on newspapers, meeting minutes, and letters to explore the concerted effort on the part of nineteenth century black activists, community leaders, and spokespersons to challenge the American Colonization Society's attempt to make colonization of free blacks federal policy. The ACS insisted the plan embodied empowerment. The United States, they argued, would never accept free blacks as citizens, and the only solution to the status of free blacks was to create an autonomous nation that would fundamentally reject racism at its core. But the activists and reformers on the opposite side believed that the colonization movement was itself deeply racist and in fact one of the greatest obstacles for African Americans to gain citizenship in the United States. Power-Greene synthesizes debates about colonization and emigration, situating this complex and enduring issue into an ever broader conversation about nation building and identity formation in the Atlantic world"--Provided by publisher.
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1. "The Means of Alleviating the Suffering": Haitian Emigration and the Colonization Movement, 1817-1830 -- 2. "One of the Wildest Projects Ever": Abolitionists and the Anticolonizationist Impulse, 1830-1840 -- 3. "The Cause Is God's and Must Prevail": Building an Anticolonizationist Wall in Great Britain, 1830-1850 -- 4. Resurrecting the "Iniquitous Scheme": The Rebirth of the Colonization Movement in America, 1840-1854 -- 5. "An Undue Illusion": Emigration, Colonization, and the Destiny of the Colored Races, 1850-1858 -- 6. "For God and Humanity": Anticolonization in the Civil War Era.

"Against Wind and Tide tells the story of African American's battle against the American Colonization Society (ACS), founded in 1816 with the intention to return free blacks to its colony Liberia. Although ACS members considered free black colonization in Africa a benevolent enterprise, most black leaders rejected the ACS, fearing that the organization sought forced removal. As Ousmane K. Power-Greene's story shows, these African American anticolonizationists did not believe Liberia would ever be a true 'black American homeland.' In this study of anticolonization agitation, Power-Greene draws on newspapers, meeting minutes, and letters to explore the concerted effort on the part of nineteenth century black activists, community leaders, and spokespersons to challenge the American Colonization Society's attempt to make colonization of free blacks federal policy. The ACS insisted the plan embodied empowerment. The United States, they argued, would never accept free blacks as citizens, and the only solution to the status of free blacks was to create an autonomous nation that would fundamentally reject racism at its core. But the activists and reformers on the opposite side believed that the colonization movement was itself deeply racist and in fact one of the greatest obstacles for African Americans to gain citizenship in the United States. Power-Greene synthesizes debates about colonization and emigration, situating this complex and enduring issue into an ever broader conversation about nation building and identity formation in the Atlantic world"--Provided by publisher.

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The story of black Americans' battle against the early 19th-century American Colonization Society, which worked to return free blacks to U.S. colony Liberia. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Power-GreeneOusmane K.:

Ousmane K. Power-Greene is Assistant Professor of History at Clark University (MA).

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