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African America and Haiti
Emigration and Black Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century
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Chris Dixon   (More from this author)
 
African America and Haiti - Haitian Book Centre - Haitian Books in Creole, English and French, francophone litterature - Cliquer pour agrandir Description: While much has been written about the antebellum African American interest in emigration to Africa, the equally significant interest in Haitian emigration has been largely overlooked. Although free blacks spurned attempts by the American Colonization Society to "return" them to Africa, during the 1820s, and again during the 1850s and early 1860s, as conditions for African Americans became ever more precarious, thousands of blacks left the U.S. for Haiti searching for civic freedom and economic opportunity in the world's first independent black republic. Such prospects caught the attention of not only the African American leadership but of the black populace as well. In discussing the growing interest in Haitian emigration, Dixon provides ongoing discussions concerning black nationalism as an ideology. While Haiti was a potent example of the possibility of black liberation, for black leaders such as James T. Holly, the island republic had not reached its true potential and was, therefore, an imperfect example of black nationalism. By carrying Christian civilization to Haiti, these African Americans hoped to transform it into an exemplar of black nationhood. There was, as Dixon argues, a clearly emerging ideology of black nationalism during the nineteenth century. However, the main principles of that ideology were marked by definite condescension toward non-American blacks that reflected many of the racial values of white America. Anticipating material comfort and political equality in their adopted nation, many emigrants instead encountered disease and suffering.
Table of Contents:

* Preface
* Introduction
* Revolution and Emigration: Black America and Haiti, 1773-1830
* Rejecting America: Emigrationism Resurgent and the Beginnings of Black Nationalism, 1843-1854
* Contemplating Haiti: Black Emigrationism, 1854-1860
* James Redpath and the Haitian Bureau of Emigration
* Transplanting Black America: Emigrationism in Practice, 1861-1863
* Conclusion
* Bibliography

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264 Pages
Format: hardcover
English
 
Illustrated
 
Publisher: Greenwood Press
Connecticut 2000
ISBN: 0-313-31063-7
 
Price: $ 120.00
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