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The political and social arrangements that would be made institutional in Liberia by the ACS and such leading black settlers as Russwurm were already in the making on the Elizabeth, the ship that had been chartered by ACS to carry the first group of African Americans on the coast of West Africa. A contract called the Elizabeth’s Compact was signed between the black emigrants and their white leaders on the Elizabeth on March 8, 1820. It was seemingly informed by comparable contract that had been signed between English Puritans and their leaders on the Mayflower, as the ship voyaged from England toward what would become known as Plymouth in North America in 1620.
He has a good heart and no one . . [is] more anxious for the temporal and spiritual welfare of the Africans, and their descendants [than him]. He has enlarge views [and he] believes with . . confidence . . [that] the time has arrived when the descendants of Africa abroad shall begin to return to their own country. His mind relies on the promises of God. 16 Hence, Kizell’s misleading statement that the chiefs around the Sherbro Island area had approved the establishment of the proposed American colony on the island was accepted at face value by Mills and Burgess.
42 African American Settlements in West Africa They portrayed traditional songs, for instance, as primitive and unvarying. Like most of the leading founders of the ACS, the two ACS envoys viewed blacks as children who needed the guidance and protection of whites. Mills’s description of traditional West Africans in Sierra Leone as “children of large growth, and would . . 11 Mills later described an African village as dispiriting. 13 In fact, Kizell had earlier rhetorically evoked elements of Pan-Africanism that corresponded with the objective of the officials of the ACS.
African American Settlements in West Africa: John Brown Russwurm and the American Civilizing Efforts by Amos J. Beyan (auth.)