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America's First Black SocialistThe Radical Life of Peter H. Clark$
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Nikki M. Taylor

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813140773

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813140773.001.0001

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Voice of Emigration

Voice of Emigration

(p.42) Chapter Two Voice of Emigration
America's First Black Socialist

Nikki M. Taylor

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter Two examines Clark’s decision to embrace emigration as a response to the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and the intractability of racism in America. The chapter documents his plans to participate in a local American Colonization Society scheme called “Ohio in Africa.” Although he took steps to leave, he never sailed for the colony. He eventually abandoned his plans to emigrate, determined to stay and fight for African Americans’ rights in the United States.

Keywords:   1850 Fugitive Slave Law, Liberia League, Africa, Emigration, Colonization, Black nationalism, Black conventions

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