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A chronicle of the Society's organization, purpose, growth, and the factors that led to its ultimate failure in dealing with the existence of slavery in a would-be democracy, The American Colonization Society is a scholarly, well-researched, and welcome addition to the American History and black studies reference shelves. Midwest Book Review Yarema's pamphlet on the ACS centralizes the colonization debate in deeply-rooted ideas about whether or not the natin could honestly reconcile a commitment to liberty, freedom, and democracy with the enslavement of blacks. The formation of the ACS represents for Yarema a failed attempt to resolve the deep contradiction in the benevolent and paternal objectives of the organization and its efforts to encourage black settlement in Liberia. -- Stephen G. Hall, Ohio State University Itinerario

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Allan Yarema is Assistant Professor of History at Abilene Christian University. He received his Ed.D. in Higher Education, M.S. in Political Science, and M.A. in History from Texas A&M University - Commerce.

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Effects of Secular Groups and Protestant Christians on "Slaveries and Freedoms" 27 April 2010
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4/27/10 Professor Yarema's text on the sparring domestically and ' internationally', heightened by the fact that the USA was one of the few countries which had 'legal slavery' is well documented :People,Places,Commodities and Economies were affected ...The book mentions the 3 Groups of Blacks (free, emancipated and slaves),even to how Presidents or Politicans who ran for the Presidency at some point had various 'takes' on the 'emancipation as well as the colonization approaches';...it also gives many examples of as 'time marched on', how many of 'fervored adgendi' did a 'gradual reversal' due to circumstances and/or conflicts of interest... (e.g. Eli Whitney's cotton gin invention, which meant suddenly more need for slaves and less support of 'The American Colonization Society''s agendi of "mass exodus" of Blacks by deportation via colonization ). Mention is made of 'Secular Groups' & of the various 'Christian Protestant' creeds and 'Christian Protestant' Universities but not of how other faith-based groups were involved...4/27/10 abj
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A chronicle of the Society's organization, purpose, growth, and the factors that led to its ultimate failure 6 Jan. 2007
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Written by Assistant Professor of History (Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas) Allan Yarema, The American Colonization Society is the true story of a major social movement that originated in the 1800's and gained increasing support in the United States. Growing in the 1820's and 30's, waning in the 40's, and regaining strength in the 50's when slavery polarized the nation, the American Colonization Society movement stumbled in its initial goal of colonizing free blacks and its efforts to encourage voluntary and gradual emancipation. A chronicle of the Society's organization, purpose, growth, and the factors that led to its ultimate failure in dealing with the existence of slavery in a would-be democracy, The American Colonization Society is a scholarly, well-researched, and welcome addition to American History and black studies reference shelves.
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