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Colonization After Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement Hardcover – February 14, 2011
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"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
“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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"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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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.Read more ›
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Reactionaries can't get over it. Lincoln was never some racist bent on driving blacks from North America like Hitler with the Jews in Germany. Far from it. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Drake Donegal
Though it is impolitic to mention it today, Abraham Lincoln was an unabashed white supremacist. As he stated in his election debates with Stephen Douglass, he was absolutely... Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by john thames