Colonization After Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement

Colonization After Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement

Phillip W. Magness, Sebastian N. Page


History has lengthy stated that President Abraham Lincoln, the good Emancipator, had thought of different methods to rectifying the matter of slavery in the course of his management. ahead of Emancipation, Lincoln was once a proponent of colonization: the belief of sending African American slaves to a different land to dwell as loose humans. Lincoln supported resettlement schemes in Panama and Haiti early in his presidency and overtly endorsed the belief in the course of the fall of 1862. however the bigoted, incorrect thought of colonization by no means grew to become an enduring fixture of U.S. coverage, and by the point Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, the observe “colonization” had disappeared from his public lexicon. As such, heritage recalls Lincoln as having deserted his help of colonization whilst he signed the proclamation. files exist, notwithstanding, that inform one other tale.
            Colonization after Emancipation: Lincoln and the circulate for Black Resettlement explores the formerly unknown fact approximately Lincoln’s angle towards colonization. students Phillip W. Magness and Sebastian N. web page combed via vast archival fabrics, discovering proof, fairly inside of British Colonial and international place of work records, which exposes what heritage has missed to reveal—that Lincoln endured to pursue colonization for on the subject of a 12 months after emancipation. Their examine even indicates that Lincoln could have been trying to revive this coverage on the time of his assassination.
            utilizing long-forgotten files scattered throughout 3 continents—many of them untouched because the Civil War—the authors express that Lincoln persisted his look for a freedmen’s colony for much longer than formerly idea. Colonization after Emancipation reveals Lincoln’s hugely secretive negotiations with the British govt to discover appropriate lands for colonization within the West Indies and depicts how the U.S. executive labored with British brokers and leaders within the loose black group to recruit emigrants for the proposed colonies. The ebook exhibits that the scheme was once by no means highly regarded inside of Lincoln’s management or even grew to become a topic of subversion whilst the president’s subordinates all started fighting for keep an eye on over a profitable “colonization fund” validated via Congress.
            Colonization after Emancipation unearths an unexplored bankruptcy of the emancipation tale. A beneficial contribution to Lincoln stories and Civil warfare background, this publication finds the evidence approximately an ill-fated undertaking and illuminates simply how complicated, or even convoluted, Abraham Lincoln’s principles concerning the finish of slavery particularly were.

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