By James Ciment
The first renowned historical past of the previous American slaves who based, governed, and misplaced Africa's first republic
In 1820, a bunch 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 less than the banner of the yank Colonization Society, a white philanthropic association with a twin schedule: 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 test. With empathy and a pointy eye for human foibles, Ciment unearths that the Americo-Liberians struggled to stay 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. development plantations, conserving stylish soirees, and exploiting or even supporting 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 solid of characters in Another the USA rivals that of any novel. We come upon Marcus Garvey, who coaxed his fans towards Liberia within the Twenties, and the rubber king Harvey Firestone, who equipped 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 fiscal guidelines introduced Cadillacs to the streets of Monrovia, the Liberian capital. after which there are the natives, males like Joseph Samson, who was once followed by way of a well-known Americo family members and later presided over the execution of his foster father throughout the 1980 coup.
In making Liberia, the Americoes transplanted the virtues and vices in their kingdom of start. The inspiring and historical past they created is, to a awesome measure, the reflect photo of our own.
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Original Sin 3. First Families and Fresh Graves 4. Africa’s Lone Star 5. A Matter of Color 6. The African Banquet 7. Conquering Hero 8. The Slave Ring 9. The Original African Big Man 10. Father and Son Epilogue Photographs Notes Acknowledgments Index Also by James Ciment Copyright PREFACE On the afternoon of April 22, 1980, Gabriel Nimely, the Republic of Liberia’s newly installed information minister, summoned forty or so foreign reporters to the pressroom of the Executive Mansion, which overlooked the Atlantic from its perch in Monrovia, the Liberian capital.
The Slave Ring 9. The Original African Big Man 10. Father and Son Epilogue Photographs Notes Acknowledgments Index Also by James Ciment Copyright PREFACE On the afternoon of April 22, 1980, Gabriel Nimely, the Republic of Liberia’s newly installed information minister, summoned forty or so foreign reporters to the pressroom of the Executive Mansion, which overlooked the Atlantic from its perch in Monrovia, the Liberian capital. ”1 Ten days before and seven floors above, soldiers under the command of Nimely’s new boss, Master Sergeant Samuel Doe, had burst into the presidential bedroom and gunned down William Tolbert, the last in an unbroken, 133-year line of improbable rulers—freed slaves and free blacks who had fled America, established black Africa’s first republic, and passed it on to their descendants.
Navy was expected to deposit at the already strained colony. 38 Ever the faithful servant, Carey tried to put a positive spin on things. ” But, he added in an uncharacteristic display of contrariness, only if “they were not confined to the field by the law and by necessity. 39 The latter accomplishment was especially poignant, since it fulfilled his grandmother’s prophecy that he would slake the spiritual thirst of his African brethren. Soon, out of necessity, he would drift away from missionary work.