In the 19th century, the American Colonization Society campaigned for colonization: freeing enslaved Black people but then forcing them to leave the U.S. and move somewhere else (preferably Africa). Thomas Jefferson favored the racist idea of colonization because he thought it would let white people keep full control of the U.S. and help Black go “civilize” the African continent.
Colonization Quotes in Stamped
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Chapter 10 Quotes
Black people didn’t want to go “back” to a place they’d never known. They’d built America as slaves and wanted to reap the benefits of their labor as free people.
America was now their land.
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Chapter 10: The Great Contradictor
...in Virginia. Even though they failed, their rebellion scared slaveowners, who were starting to favor colonization—or freeing Black people and sending them to Africa. A group called the American Colonization Society... (full context)
Chapter 11: Mass Communication for Mass Emancipation
...Virginia and slaveholders responded by getting crueler than ever before. In response, Garrison wrote an anti-colonization book, founded the American Anti-Slavery Society, and started distributing millions of antislavery pamphlets. (full context)