Black Resettlement and the American Civil War (Cambridge Studies on the American South)

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Black Resettlement and the American Civil War (Cambridge Studies on the American South)

Black Resettlement and the American Civil War (Cambridge Studies on the American South)

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He is particularly good on the bureaucratic politics—the personal antipathies and turf battles—that constrained and ultimately hamstrung resettlement efforts (among other things, this book adds new luster to William H.

Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Examines the scale and complexity of black resettlement projects and proposals between the adoption of the U.All of these projects met with resistance from African Americans and (some) white abolitionists, who insisted that the freedpeople must be allowed to remain in the land of their birth. The core of this book is a detailed reconstruction of the various plans for Black resettlement that swirled around the Abraham Lincoln administration during the Civil War. By taking a panoramic view of colonization and related projects, Page shows just how pervasive the "separatist impulse" was in nineteenth-century American life.

This engagingly written analysis of black resettlement is wide in geographic focus and institutional range. C.–based American Colonization Society (ACS) established a colony for free Black Americans in Liberia. Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts on the bill providing for emancipation in Missouri, in the Senate of the United States, February 12th, 1863.

He is the co-author of Colonization After Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement. By contrast, Page begins with the "revival" of colonization and emigration during the 1840s and 1850s (p. In this respect, Black Resettlement and the American Civil War offers a revealing glimpse of the decentralized and often haphazard way policy was made under the Lincoln administration. What the Black abolitionist David Walker described as "the colonizing trick" was also a colonizing default: a reflexive and almost universal urge to solve notionally "racial" problems by means of large-scale population transfer and physical separation (p.

Page brings the field into the post-Civil War period, covering the endurance of the 'separatist impetus,' which, he claims, amounted to global scale segregation and undermined the foundations of racial integration in America. Along the way, it shows that what haunted politicians from Thomas Jefferson to Abraham Lincoln was not whether it was right to abolish slavery, but whether it was safe to do so unless the races were separated. Sebastian Page is a historian of the United States and Atlantic world during the nineteenth century. But as Page shows, colonization in its classic form was only one among a variety of separatist options that captured the imaginations of white and Black Americans in the Civil War era. This volume enriches the transnational trajectory of US Civil War scholarship and provides fertile ground for delving deeply into specific areas of the controversy.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. In the final chapter, Page surveys a variety of internal colonization schemes, including Reconstruction-era plans for Black enclaves in Florida, Texas, and South Carolina.

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