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Slavery and the Peculiar Solution: A History of the American Colonization Societyby Burin, Eric
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Retail Price: $59.95
Issue: Fall 2006
While it may have taken the forceful presence of Marcus Garvey to gain widespread notoriety, the Back to Africa movement traces its roots as far back as the early decades of the eighteenth century. Founded in 1816, the American Colonization Society was one of the first organizations to promote the manumission of slaves on the condition that they immigrate to the West African nation of Liberia. Historian Eric Burin reveals that the colonization movement proved beneficial to some participants but was often plagued by legal complications and wrought with financial problems.