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More auspicious shores : Barbadian migration to Liberia, Blackness, and the making of an African republic / Caree A. Banton.

Author/creator Banton, Caree A., 1982- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Copyright Notice ©2019
Descriptionxvii, 366 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: "Who is this man and from whence comes he to rule?" -- Caribbean emancipation -- Not free indeed -- African civilization and the West Indian avant-garde -- The Liberian president visits Barbados to trade visions of freedom -- The middle passage -- Middle passage baggage -- African liberation -- Barbadians arrival and social integration in Liberia -- Making citizenship and blackness in Liberia -- A changing of the guards : Arthur Barclay and Barbadian Liberia political leadership -- Epilogue.
Summary More Auspicious Shores chronicles the migration of Afro-Barbadians to Liberia. In 1865, 346 Afro-Barbadians fled a failed post-emancipation Caribbean for the independent black republic of Liberia. They saw Liberia as a means of achieving their post-emancipation goals and promoting a pan-Africanist agenda while simultaneously fulfilling their 'civilizing' and 'Christianizing' duties. Through a close examination of the Afro-Barbadians, Caree A. Banton provides a transatlantic approach to understanding the political and sociocultural consequences of their migration and settlement in Africa. Banton reveals how, as former British subjects, Afro-Barbadians navigated an inherent tension between ideas of pan-Africanism and colonial superiority. Upon their arrival in Liberia, an English imperial identity distinguished the Barbadians from African Americans and secured them privileges in the Republic's hierarchy above the other group. By fracturing assumptions of a homogeneous black identity, Banton ultimately demonstrates how Afro-Barbadian settlement in Liberia influenced ideas of blackness in the Atlantic World.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2018042765
ISBN1108429637 hardcover

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