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Henry Noble Sherwood, 1882-
The Formation of the American Colonization Society. From the Journal of Negro History 2, no. 3 (July 1917), 209-228
Lancaster, Pa; Washington, D. C.: The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Inc., 1917.


Sherwood's article, published in the Journal of Negro History in 1917, covers the first hundred years (1714-1817) of the American Colonization Society, a movement with "sporadic origins" that eventually developed into a "national organization" (209). Sherwood documents how disparate forces became unified by the desire to deport emancipated slaves and free black Americans to Africa. The essay ends with a description of the Society's first annual meeting, which took place in January, 1817 in Washington, D.C.

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