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Douglas Egerton on black response to colonization
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Q: Why was there support in some African American communities for emigration?
Douglas Egerton

A: Although it's certainly true that the vast majority of black Americans, especially in the northern states, believed that the country of their birth was their country and had no desire to emigrate to Liberia, there were a good number of southern blacks -- free blacks, moderately prosperous blacks, barbers, artisans, tavern keepers -- who'd simply had enough, and decided to go. They were weary of endless white demands for deference. They were tired of getting off the sidewalk when a white man walked toward them. They decided, as the ante-bellum period dragged on, that America never would give them a even break. And therefore, they decided to leave.
Douglas A. Egerton
Professor of History
Le Moyne College

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