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May we not indulge in the pleasing hope that the Independence of Hayti has laid the foundation of an Empire that will take rank with the nations of the earth . . We look forward to the period when . . Hayti trading in the footsteps of her sister republicks, shall . . 64 24 African American Settlements in West Africa Indeed, Russwurm’s vindication of the means employed by L’Ouverture and his people in their war for independence was nearly similar to the declaration that a superior force was occasionally needed to countermine oppression that was stressed by such future Black Nationalists and Pan-Africanists as Frantz Fanon, Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah, and Malcolm X.
Send more, more. . They are ignorant of our climate, soil, fruit, and cattle. It may be that they are wicked too; some of them . . You must not listen to the words of those white persons who try to stop free people from coming over. . Let them come and sit down in our valleys, and on our hills, and near our rivers; and all the country will soon break forth into song. Sherbro country is full of meat, fish, bread, oil, and honey. Send us people to eat them. I can say in one word—God bids you, colonize.
Northerners] have often blamed the slave holders. The Southern people seem to be saying, we will free our slaves if anybody will take them. . Shall not the offer be accepted? The Northern people have shared in the guilt of [the] . . introduction of [slavery] in this country. They still share the curse, and [will] . . 12 Again, he highlighted that only in Liberia could black people be in a situation to determine their own destiny. Russwurm repeated the emphasis of the leading white colonizationists when he declared that universal emancipation could only be made possible in America if the blacks who were already freed could move to Liberia.
African American Settlements in West Africa: John Brown Russwurm and the American Civilizing Efforts by Amos J. Beyan (auth.)