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Discourses of Colonization

Lacy K. Ford, Jr.

in Deliver Us from Evil

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195118094
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118094.003.0011
Discourses of Colonization

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This chapter presents the southern debate over colonization as three parallel discussions. One discussion centered on the disagreement within the upper South over whether colonization should be used to encourage gradual emancipation or simply as a means for reducing the region's large free black population. A second discussion revolved around the dispute between the upper South and lower South over whether colonization was a legitimate means for eliminating some problems related to slavery or merely an abolitionist wedge designed to undermine slavery. The third was a debate between southern and northern colonizationists over the ultimate purpose and preferred pace of the movement.

Keywords: colonies; upper South; emancipation; slavery; lower South

Chapter.  15192 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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