In a video posted on The Black History School, we learn more about During James Monroe’s presidency, the U.S. was divided between slave states and free states. Being a slave owner himself, Monroe was an active member in establishing an organization that returned freed slaves to Africa. The American Colonization Society founders believed that freed slaves would only cause problems, so they colonized an area that is now known as the country of Liberia. Over a period of 20 years, more than 13,000 freed slaves were shipped to Liberia. The society honored Monroe by naming the capital after him, Monrovia.
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