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

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Magness to give us the most complete account to date of post-1863 efforts to resettle freedpeople in the British, Dutch, and Danish colonies in the Caribbean. 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.

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. 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. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Examines the scale and complexity of black resettlement projects and proposals between the adoption of the U.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. Black Resettlement and the American Civil War is the first comprehensive, comparative account of nineteenth-century America s efforts to resettle African Americans outside the United States.

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