Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Traitor or pioneer: John Brown Russwurm and the African colonization movement
by Barker, Brian J., M.A., University of Massachusetts Boston, 2015, 131; 1590662
Abstract (Summary)

The end of the Revolutionary War proved to be a significant moment in United States history. Not only did it signal the birth of a new nation, but it also affected the institution of slavery. Wartime rhetoric such as "All men are created equal," left the future of American slavery in doubt. Northern and mid-Atlantic states began to implement emancipation plans, and the question of what to do with free blacks became a pressing one. It soon became apparent that free blacks would not be given the same rights as white Americans, and the desire to have blacks removed from society began to increase. One proposed solution to this problem was the idea of sending free and manumitted slaves to Africa. A man by the name of John Brown Russwurm (1799–1851) would play a prominent role in the colonization movement, and his life and legacy reflect the controversy surrounding the idea of colonization.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Winch, Julie P.
Commitee: Valencius, Conevery, Wollons, Roberta
School: University of Massachusetts Boston
Department: History
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, American history
Keywords: African history, Colonization, Liberia
Publication Number: 1590662
ISBN: 978-1-321-80286-3
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