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A picture of slavery, for youth. Jonathan Walker.

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Historical Issues Analysis and Decision Making: Colonization in Liberia

The controversy over slavery resulted in numerous ideas of varying merit being put forth as solutions to the problem. The plan to colonize former slaves in Liberia is one such idea that could be researched using the collection. A number of documents about this topic can be located by searching using the keyword colonization. Use the documents in the collection to learn about the colonization plan and the arguments for and against it. Based on what you have read, imagine that you are an acquaintance of Francis Scott Key, a founder of the colonization society (but better known as the lyricist of The Star-Spangled Banner). Write a letter to Key explaining why you support or oppose colonization of former slaves in Liberia.