An African Republic: Black and White Virginians in the by Marie Tyler-McGraw

By Marie Tyler-McGraw

The nineteenth-century American Colonization Society (ACS) undertaking of persuading all American loose blacks to to migrate to the ACS colony of Liberia may by no means be complete. Few loose blacks volunteered, and larger numbers may have crushed the meager assets of the ACS. on condition that fact, who supported African colonization and why? No kingdom used to be extra concerned with the undertaking than Virginia, the place white Virginians supplied a lot of the political and organizational management and black Virginians supplied a majority of the emigrants.

In An African Republic, Marie Tyler-McGraw strains the parallel yet seldom intersecting tracks of black and white Virginians' pursuits in African colonization, from revolutionary-era efforts at emancipation laws to African American church buildings' obstacle for African missions. In Virginia, African colonization attracted getting older revolutionaries, republican moms and their daughters, bondpersons schooled and emancipated for Liberia, evangelical planters and retailers, city unfastened blacks, opportunistic politicians, Quakers, and gents novelists.

An African Republic follows the studies of the emigrants from Virginia to Liberia, the place a few turned the management category, consciously looking to exhibit black skills, whereas others came across higher problem and early loss of life. Tyler-McGraw conscientiously examines the tensions among racial identities, family visions, and republican citizenship in Virginia and Liberia.

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