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‘Destiny seems to point me to that country’: early nineteenth-century African American migration, emigration, and expansion

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberN/A
Pages (from-to)53-77
Number of pages25
JournalJournal Of Global History
Issue number1
PublishedMar 2012

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Traditional American historiography has dismissed the Liberian settlement scheme as impractical, racist, and naïve. The movement of Americans to Liberia, and other territorial and extraterritorial destinations, however, reveals the ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors that influenced movement in the African diaspora. The reaction of different African Americans to these factors influenced the political and social development of Liberia as well as the colony's image at home. Africans migrating within and beyond US borders participated in a broader movement of people and the development of settler ideology in the nineteenth century.

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