A History of Colonization on the Western Coast of Africa

Philadelphia: William S. Martien, 1849.

Hardcover. Very Good. Second edition. xii, 659 pp, with a large folding map of Liberia. Original blind-stamped brown cloth, chipped at the spine ends, starting to split at the front joint. Some foxing, all else very good. Alexander (1772-1851) was an American theologian and Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary. He favored colonization as the most beneficial means of "disposing of the free people of color" and argued that the American Colonization Society, by "furnishing a comfortable asylum for such as are free," and offering conscientious slaveholders a place to send their freed slaves, "has done more to promote emancipation than all the Abolition societies in the country." This volume covers the history of the American Colonization Society from its founding in 1816 to the Liberian declaration of independence in 1847.

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