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The Price of LibertyAfrican Americans and the Making of Liberia$
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Claude A. Clegg III

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807828458

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895580_clegg

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. The Last Wave

. The Last Wave

(p.249) Eight. The Last Wave
The Price of Liberty

Claude A. Clegg

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the final wave of the colonization movement. Over the course of the nineteenth century, the notion of removing blacks to Africa engaged presidents and Quakers, slaveholders and Free Soilers, and a wide range of others. Free blacks had both embraced it and shunned it. Some slaves had longed for the freedom that it promised while others were cruelly victimized by the deportation clauses of their masters' wills, which doomed them to familial separation, hardship, and death. As the 2,030 North Carolinians who emigrated between 1825 and 1893 came to realize, the costs of colonization could be as high as its benefits.

Keywords:   Liberia, African Americans, Liberian emigration, colonization, free blacks

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