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Cape Palmas, Liberia. 1800s Etching. From oup.com

Thomas Jefferson and the Birth of Colonization

Author of the Declaration of Independence, President Jefferson was a brilliant writer and statesman. He was also a (mildly reluctant) slaveholder who favored the eventual abolition of slavery. He was born and bred in the green hills of Virginia, an identity which he cherished all his life. In the midst of the Revolutionary War, when he was only 36 years old, the citizens of Virginia selected him as their governor. He later went on to serve as the ambassador to the new nation’s most important ally, France, and then as the third president of the United States.

Thomas Jefferson. From Wikipedia

Frederick Douglass and the Decline of Colonization

Only in the time of Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) did that perception slowly change. It is hard to understate Douglass’s influence on the anti-slavery and colonization movement. But by the time Douglass came around, the movement had picked up a lot of steam.

Frederick Douglass, 1863. From uncf.org

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