Another America: The Story of Liberia and the Former Slaves by James Ciment

By James Ciment

The first well known background of the previous American slaves who based, governed, and misplaced Africa's first republic

In 1820, a gaggle of approximately 80 African american citizens reversed the process heritage and sailed again to Africa, to a spot they'd identify after liberty itself. They went below the banner of the yank Colonization Society, a white philanthropic association with a twin time table: to rid the USA of its blacks, and to transform Africans to Christianity. The settlers staked out a beachhead; their numbers grew as extra boats arrived; and after breaking unfastened from their white overseers, they based Liberia―Africa's first black republic―in 1847.

James Ciment's Another the USA is the 1st complete account of this dramatic scan. With empathy and a pointy eye for human foibles, Ciment unearths that the Americo-Liberians struggled to reside as much as their excessive beliefs. They wrote a stirring assertion of Independence yet re-created the social order of antebellum Dixie, with themselves because the grasp caste. construction plantations, preserving dependent soirees, and exploiting or even assisting enslave the local Liberians, the persecuted grew to become the persecutors―until a lowly local sergeant murdered their president in 1980, finishing 133 years of Americo rule.

The wealthy forged of characters in Another the USA rivals that of any novel. We stumble upon Marcus Garvey, who coaxed his fans towards Liberia within the Twenties, and the rubber king Harvey Firestone, who outfitted his empire at the backs of local Liberians. one of the Americoes themselves, we meet the bright highbrow Edward Blyden, one of many first black nationalists; the Baltimore-born explorer Benjamin Anderson, looking a mythical urban of gold within the Liberian hinterland; and President William Tubman, a descendant of Georgia slaves, whose monetary regulations introduced Cadillacs to the streets of Monrovia, the Liberian capital. after which there are the natives, males like Joseph Samson, who used to be followed by way of a popular Americo kin and later presided over the execution of his foster father in the course of the 1980 coup.

In making Liberia, the Americoes transplanted the virtues and vices in their nation of start. The inspiring and afflicted background they created is, to a striking measure, the reflect picture of our own.

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Another America: The Story of Liberia and the Former Slaves Who Ruled It

The 1st well known heritage of the previous American slaves who based, governed, and misplaced Africa's first republicIn 1820, a gaggle of approximately 80 African american citizens reversed the process historical past and sailed again to Africa, to a spot they might identify after liberty itself. They went below the banner of the yank Colonization Society, a white philanthropic association with a twin time table: to rid the USA of its blacks, and to transform Africans to Christianity.

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21 The former marine captain turned evangelical preacher—who combined physical stamina with a zeal for benevolence—ran himself ragged tending to them, and hazarded some guesses as to the causes of the epidemic. ”22 Fruit consumption aside, none of this could have helped but it did not matter in the end. The settlers were dying of malaria and the vector was the mosquito—specifically, the female anopheline mosquito—endemic to the region and especially prevalent in swampy, low-lying spots like Campelair.

Authority lay with King Sherbro. Bacon ventured on, visiting village after village, but everywhere was told the same thing: talk to the king. As for Kizell, Bacon began to sense that he was not just unable, but unwilling, to set up a meeting with Sherbro. There was no time to lose. * * * From the time it starts in April through its end in November, the rainy season, inaugurated by howling windstorms that mariners of the day called “tornadoes,” brings torrential downpours to Sherbro that can last for days on end.

They were Americans, after all. Even if they had not enjoyed such freedoms yet, they knew what these freedoms were worth and wanted them for themselves. To that end, the settlers drew up a compact, its contents sadly lost to history. Whether they did so before their departure or mid-voyage is also not known. But contemporaries who were familiar with it say it was modeled after the Mayflower Compact, drawn up by the Pilgrims two centuries earlier. If so, it was a brief document, pledging the settlers to the service of God in their new home and proposing a civil government, under their own leadership and with the power to make laws for the community.

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