Peculiar rhetoric : slavery, freedom, and the African colonization movement / Bjørn F. Stillion Southard.
- Jackson : University Press of Mississippi,  , ©2019
- Race, rhetoric, and media series.
Race, rhetoric, and media series
x, 175 pages ; 23 cm.
- American Colonization Society -- History -- 19th century.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Political and social views.
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852 -- Political and social views.
Caldwell, Elias Boudinot, 1776-1825 -- Political and social views.
Sheridan, Louis -- Political and social views.
Teage, Hilary -- Political and social views.
Caldwell, Elias Boudinot, 1776-1825.
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
American Colonization Society.
African Americans -- Colonization -- Liberia -- 19th century.
Free blacks -- America -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
African Americans -- Colonization.
Political and social views.
Rhetoric -- Political aspects.
- "The African colonization movement occupies a troubling rhetorical territory in the struggle for racial equality in the United States. For white colonizationists, the movement seemed positioned as a welcome compromise between slavery and abolition. For free blacks, colonization offered the hope of freedom, but not within America's borders. Bjørn F. Stillion Southard indicates how politics and identity were negotiated amid the intense public debate on race, slavery, and freedom in America. Operating from a position of power, white advocates argued that colonization was worthy of massive support from the federal government. Stillion Southard pores over the speeches of Henry Clay, Elias B. Caldwell, and Abraham Lincoln, which engaged with colonization during its active deliberation. Between Clay's and Caldwell's speeches at the founding of the American Colonization Society (ACS) in 1816 and Lincoln's final public effort to encourage colonization in 1862, Stillion Southard analyzes the little-known speeches and writings of free blacks who wrestled with colonization's conditional promises of freedom. He examines an array of discourses to probe the complex issues of identity confronting free blacks who attempted to meaningfully engage in colonization efforts. From a peculiarly voiced "Counter Memorial" against the ACS to the letters of wealthy black merchant Louis Sheridan negotiating for his passage to Liberia to the civically minded orations of Hilary Teage in Liberia, Stillion Southard brings to light the intricate rhetoric of blacks who addressed colonization to Africa."--Provided by publisher.
Chapter 1: Peculiar argumentation: Henry Clay, Elias B. Caldwell, and the establishment of colonization's deliberative discourse
Chapter 2: Peculiar voice: the counter memorial of the free people of colour of the District of Columbia and the unsettling of colonization's deliberative discourse
Chapter 3: Peculiar planning: Louis Sheridan and the negotiation of diasporic and deliberative discourse
Chapter 4: Peculiar obligations: Hilary Teage and the constitution of civic identity in Liberia
Chapter 5: Peculiar proposal: Abraham Lincoln and the public policy advocacy for colonization
Chapter 6: Conclusion: middle passages, emigration, and peculiar legacies.
- "First printing 2019."
Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Other format:
- Online version: Stillion Southard, Bjørn F., author. Peculiar rhetoric
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