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Back to Africa : Benjamin Coates and the colonization movement in America, 1848-1880

Author: Emma J Lapsansky-Werner; Margaret Hope Bacon
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Benjamin Coates was one of the best-known white supporters of African colonization in nineteenth-century America. A Quaker businessman from Philadelphia, and a sometime officer of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, he was committed to helping Black Americans relocate to West Africa. This put him at the center of a discourse with abolitionists, at home and abroad, that included such leading thinkers as Joseph  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
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Biography
Named Person: Benjamin Coates; Benjamin Coates
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Emma J Lapsansky-Werner; Margaret Hope Bacon
ISBN: 0271026847 9780271026848
OCLC Number: 61694648
Description: xiv, 385 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Benjamin Coates: a chronology --
Statement on editorial policies --
Benjamin Coates and the colonization movement in America / Emma J. Lapsansky-Werner and Margaret Hope Bacon --
Colonizationist correspondence of Benjamin Coates --
Antebellum years, 1848-1860 --
Civil War years, 1862-1865 --
Reconstruction years, 1866-1880 --
Appendix I: Benjamin Coates's will --
Appendix II: Catalog of letters.
Responsibility: edited by Emma J. Lapsansky-Werner, Margaret Hope Bacon ; with Marc Chalufour, Benjamin B. Miller, Meenakshi Rajan.
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Benjamin Coates was one of the best-known white supporters of African colonization in nineteenth-century America. A Quaker businessman from Philadelphia, and a sometime officer of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, he was committed to helping Black Americans relocate to West Africa. This put him at the center of a discourse with abolitionists, at home and abroad, that included such leading thinkers as Joseph Jenkins Roberts, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Henry Highland Garnet, Frederick Douglass, Alexander Crummell, George L. Stearns, and William Coppinger. At the heart of the volume is a collection of over 150 recently recovered letters, either written by Coates or addressed to him between 1848 and 1880, the years when Coates was most active in racial reform. Lapansky-Werner and Bacon have provided a far-reaching essay that places them in the context of nineteenth-century African American colonization ideas, and the editors have led a team of young scholars who annotated the letters. Taken together, the letters provide insight into the alliances and divisions within America's antislavery movement, making Back to Africa essential reading for every student of black studies, abolitionism, Quaker history, and nineteenth-century reform in general. - Publisher.

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