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By Ousmane K. Power-Greene

Against Wind and Tide tells the tale of African American’s conflict opposed to the yank Colonization Society (ACS), based in 1816 for you to go back loose blacks to its colony Liberia. even though ACS contributors thought of unfastened black colonization in Africa a benevolent company, such a lot black leaders rejected the ACS, fearing that the association sought compelled removing. As Ousmane ok. Power-Greene’s tale exhibits, those African American anticolonizationists didn't think Liberia may ever be a real “black American homeland.”
 
In this examine of anticolonization agitation, Power-Greene attracts on newspapers, assembly mins, and letters to discover the concerted attempt at the a part of 19th century black activists, neighborhood leaders, and spokespersons to problem the yankee Colonization Society’s try and make colonization of unfastened blacks federal coverage. The ACS insisted the plan embodied empowerment. the U.S., they argued, might by no means settle for unfastened blacks as voters, and the single strategy to the prestige of unfastened blacks was once to create an independent state that will essentially reject racism at its middle. however the activists and reformers at the contrary part believed that the colonization circulate used to be itself deeply racist and actually one of many maximum stumbling blocks for African american citizens to realize citizenship within the United States.
 
Power-Greene synthesizes debates approximately colonization and emigration, situating this complicated and enduring factor into an ever broader dialog approximately kingdom development and identification formation within the Atlantic world. 

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