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"[An] intriguing and important new book...To their great credit, Magness and Page do not push their evidence too hard. This is a measured and subtly argued book" - Times Literary Supplement

"For those interested in Lincoln's racial policies and the details of his administration's handling and mishandling of possible colonization projects, this book is required reading." - Civil War News

"The authors are to be saluted for their enterprising and original research. They have made an important contribution to the literature." - Harold Holzer, Co-Chairman, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

"Colonization after Emancipation boasts something highly unusual in the crowded world of Lincoln studies: an untapped trove of documentary evidence with which to assess Lincoln's views on slavery, race, and emancipation" - K. Stephen Prince, Civil War History

“A first-rate, well-researched book. The authors have a very firm command of the literature and the complex primary sources surrounding this topic, and I was impressed with their ability to trace the sometimes labyrinthine course of colonization policy.”— Brian Dirck, author of Lincoln the Lawyer

“There is no doubt this book is going to attract a great deal of attention. Its strength lies in its nuanced analysis and the balanced conclusion it draws.”— R. J. M. Blackett, author of Divided Hearts: Britain and the American Civil War

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"A first-rate, well-researched book. The authors have a very firm command of the literature and the complex primary sources surrounding this topic, and I was impressed with their ability to trace the sometimes labyrinthine course of colonization policy" - Brian Dirck, author of Lincoln the Lawyer

"There is no doubt this book is going to attract a great deal of attention. Its strength lies in its nuanced analysis and the balanced conclusion it draws." - Richard J.M. Blackett, author of Divided Hearts: Britain and the American Civil War

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  • Hardcover: 178 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri (February 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826219098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826219091
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on May 13, 2011
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This is a rare book that is bound to cause some controversy in the academic community. Printed by the University of Missouri, Magness and Page, through painstaking research have uncovered new evidence that definitively proves that Lincoln was actively pursuing colonization projects after the issuing of the emancipation proclamation. One of which was highly developed (British Honduras), and two others which are only know to have been in their infancy stage (Suriname and Guiana).

It is a well documented fact that Lincoln pursued colonization in his first two years. $600,000 had been set aside to fund such projects, Lincoln made speeches about it, he encouraged prominent black men to get on board with colonization and even convinced some to go to Île à Vache (which ended up in disaster). But after Lincoln issued the emancipation proclamation, all colonization speech abruptly ended.

To explain this, historians have agreed on two arguments concerning Lincoln's views on race and colonization. The "lullaby thesis" and the "change of heart thesis." The lullaby thesis primarily argues that Lincoln was a supporter of colonization only as a means to trick slave states into adopting emancipation and then never seriously go through with colonization, so in other words to "lull" them. This of course ignores the fact that Lincoln was an active advocate of the America Colonization Society for most of his adult life, but some very distinguished historians subscribe to this.

The other explanation is that Lincoln had a sudden change of heart. The Île à Vache colony failed, the Republican party was mostly against colonization, Lincoln had trouble convincing free blacks to resettle and he saw that blacks could make good soldiers.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Laura on March 21, 2011
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Colonization After Emancipation delves deep into the masked secrets of Lincoln. This book is well written and displays obvious indications of thorough research. Colonization After Emancipation is no ordinary history book; the authors allow the reader to view our history and the workings of government in a new light. It's refreshing to see the authors attempt to understand the motivations behind Lincoln's actions instead of glorifying his presidency as so many others have. This is one piece of history you do not want to miss out on.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve on April 18, 2011
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Dr. Magness new research presented in this book sheds new light on President Lincoln's intentions for the freed slaves following the Civil War. Working off of previously unpublished documents, the author presents an unbiased view on how Lincoln planned to effectively deport the newly emancipated. The information conveyed within this book could set the stage for a reexamining of the his presidency, especially certain decisions, through the lens of someone whose presidential hallmark seems to have been beset with hidden motives.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By liz on March 18, 2011
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This is a well written, well researched book that just came out. It shows a side of Lincoln not discussed in History Books. It shows the pressures he was under after the civil war and the politics involved in some of the decisions he made. Excellent documentation, very interesting subject.
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