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Its lack of racial prejudice and doctrine of brotherhood made it particularly appropriate to West INTRODUCTION 37 Africa. Whereas the religion of the white missionaries and the AmericaLiberians detached individual Africans from their traditional tribal culture, Islam had welded whole peoples into polities capable of wirming international respect. azines in the 18705 and early 18805. In 1887 he collected several of his articles in Christianity, Islam and the Negro Race. al superiority gave his writing an abrasive radical tone, even while its function was profoundly conservative.
Removed beyond those influences which depressed us in our native land, it was hoped we would be enabled to enjoy those rights and privileges, and exercise and improve those faculties, which the God of nature has given us in common with the rest of mankind. Under the auspices of the American Colonization Society, we established ourselves here, on land acquired by purchase from the Lords of the soil. In an original compact with this Society, we, for important reasons delegated to it certain political powers; while this institution stipulated that whenever the people should become capable of conducting the government, or whenever the people should desire it, this institution would resign the delegated power, peacably withdraw its supervision, and leave the people to the government of themselves.
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