An African Republic: Black and White Virginians in the Making of Liberia - The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture (Paperback)
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An African Republic: Black and White Virginians in the Making of Liberia - The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture (Paperback)

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The nineteenth-century American Colonization Society (ACS) project of persuading all American free blacks to emigrate to the ACS colony of Liberia could never be accomplished. Few free blacks volunteered, and greater numbers would have overwhelmed the meager resources of the ACS. Given that reality, who supported African colonization and why? No state was more involved with the project than Virginia, where white Virginians provided much of the political and organizational leadership and black Virginians provided a majority of the emigrants.

In An African Republic, Marie Tyler-McGraw traces the parallel but seldom intersecting tracks of black and white Virginians' interests in African colonization, from revolutionary-era efforts at emancipation legislation to African American churches' concern for African missions. In Virginia, African colonization attracted aging revolutionaries, republican mothers and their daughters, bondpersons schooled and emancipated for Liberia, evangelical planters and merchants, urban free blacks, opportunistic politicians, Quakers, and gentlemen novelists.

An African Republic follows the experiences of the emigrants from Virginia to Liberia, where some became the leadership class, consciously seeking to demonstrate black abilities, while others found greater hardship and early death. Tyler-McGraw carefully examines the tensions between racial identities, domestic visions, and republican citizenship in Virginia and Liberia.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469615189
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 15 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
An informative and insightful narrative that thoroughly explains the complications and desires surrounding Liberian colonization.--H-Net Reviews


Strong and compelling. . . . Tyler-McGraw superbly demonstrates her skills as a careful researcher who keenly analyzes primary and secondary materials. . . . Important for all serious southern historians and upper-level students.--NC Historical Review


[A] valuable book.--Journal of Interdisciplinary History


[A] promising addition to the ongoing discussion of the economics of migration.--Journal of the Early Republic


Impeccable research. . . . A much-needed addition to African American, early republic, and US Southern historiography. . . . Highly recommended.--Choice


Well-written. . . . [Tyler-McGraw] carefully balances historical analysis with sympathy as she peels back the complex layers of the social environments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean that gave birth to 'An African Republic'. . . . A valuable addition to studies in early post-revolutionary American history and the American beginnings of the Liberian republic.--International Journal of American Historical Studies


A teachable book for upper-division courses and graduate seminars. . . . Doubles as a walk through an elegantly curated museum exhibit. . . . A central text to black migration history.--Journal of Southern History


An excellent book that demonstrates that the ACS was consequential; the body not only established Liberia, it also highlighted the debates on slavery in Virginia.--Journal of American History


This provocative, well-researched book makes a significant contribution to the study of early Liberian growth. . . . Scholars as well as students of African studies will find this book a welcome interpretation toward reevaluation of the formative period of Liberia.-- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society


Breaks new ground in drawing attention to the way women from leading planter families, often in defiance of male relatives, expressed their opposition to slavery by supporting colonization and campaigning for voluntary manumission.--Times Literary Supplement

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