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Colonization and Its Discontents
Colonization and Its Discontents
Emancipation, Emigration, and Antislavery in Antebellum Pennsylvania
By Beverly C. Tomek

From The NYU Press
Pennsylvania contained the largest concentration of early America's abolitionist leaders and organizations, making it a necessary and illustrative stage from which to understand how national conversations about the place of free blacks in early America originated and evolved, and, importantly, the role that colonization - supporting the emigration of free and emancipated blacks to Africa - played in national and international antislavery movements.   More >>

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Confronting Slavery
Confronting Slavery
Edward Coles and the Rise of Antislavery Politics in Nineteenth-Century America
By Suzanne Cooper Guasco

From The Northern Illinois University Press
Edward Coles, who lived from 1786-1868, is most often remembered for his antislavery correspondence with Thomas Jefferson in 1814, freeing his slaves in 1819, and leading the campaign against the legalization of slavery in Illinois during the 1823-24 convention contest. In this new full-length biography Suzanne Cooper Guasco demonstrates for the first time how Edward Coles continued to confront slavery for nearly forty years after his time in Illinois.  More >>

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