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More Auspicious Shores
Barbadian Migration to Liberia, Blackness, and the Making of an African Republic

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108429634

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  • 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.

    • Provides an in-depth analysis of Afro-Barbadian migration to Liberia through a close examination of the lives of 346 Afro-Barbadians
    • Places the history of post-emancipation Barbados within the context of the Liberian political landscape
    • Analyzes the complexity and contributions of blacks from the British Caribbean to the construction of blackness
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    'Caree A. Banton's book fills a significant gap in the story of Liberia's creation and its place in the larger Afro-Atlantic world. She skillfully renders the complex identities that Barbadians crafted at home and in Africa, while being mindful of their often conflicted notions of race, civilization, and empire.' Claude A. Clegg, III, Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    'This book is a sustained, often stimulating, commentary on blackness and notions of social class that traverses two widely differing terrains, from post-slavery in Barbados to the political and social construction of the Liberian state. While one may not fully share the author's assertions about the 'failure' of emancipation in Barbados or about the class position that the migrant Barbadians had occupied in Barbadian society, or even about the content of the ideological baggage that they took to Liberia, one cannot help but be impressed by the verve and scholarly flourish with which the author states her case.' Woodville Marshall, University of the West Indies, Barbados

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    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108429634
    • length: 382 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps and figures
    Preface
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction: 'who is this man and from whence comes he to rule?'
    Part I. Caribbean Emancipation:
    1. Not free indeed
    2. African civilization and the West Indian avant-garde
    3. The Liberian president visits Barbados to trade visions of freedom
    Part II. The Middle Passage:
    4. Middle passage baggage
    Part III. African Liberation:
    5. Barbadians arrival and social integration in Liberia
    6. Making citizenship and blackness in Liberia
    7. A changing of the guards: Arthur Barclay and Barbadian Liberia political leadership
    Epilogue
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Caree A. Banton, University of Arkansas
    Caree A. Banton is Assistant Professor of Afro-Caribbean History at the University of Arkansas.

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