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The Price of Liberty: African Americans and the Making of Liberia

Claude A. Clegg III


In nineteenth-century America, the belief that blacks and whites could not live in social harmony and political equality in the same country led to a movement to relocate African Americans to Liberia, a West African colony established by the United States government and the American Colonization Society in 1822. In this book, the author accounts for 2,030 North Carolina blacks who left the state and took up residence in Liberia between 1825 and 1893. By examining both the American and African sides of this experience, he produces a textured account of an important chapter in the historical evo ... More

Keywords: political equality, African Americans, Liberia, American Colonization Society, Liberian emigration, communication networks, land, settler society, colonial regimes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780807828458
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807895580_clegg


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claude A. Clegg III, author