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Another America : the story of Liberia and the former slaves who ruled it / James Ciment.

Ciment, James. (Author).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library 966.62 CIM (Text) 33500011772571 Main Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library 966.62 CIM (Text) 35500005297278 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780809095421
  • ISBN: 0809095424
  • Physical Description: xx, 296 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map, ports. ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2013.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [259]-278) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The black Mayflower -- Original sin -- First families and fresh graves -- Africa's lone star -- A matter of color -- The African banquet -- Conquering hero -- The slave ring -- The original African big man -- Father and son.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2013 July #1
    From a distance, the decades of turmoil in Liberia, including an exceptionally barbaric civil war, may seem indistinguishable from the instability and violence wracking so much of postcolonial Africa. But Liberia has been, theoretically, an independent nation since 1847, and its history has been strongly linked to the U.S. rather than European colonial powers. Ciment, an independent scholar specializing in African American history, has provided an interesting perspective on Liberia's history. In the 1820s, emancipated American slaves settled there under the sponsorship of antislavery activists. The rhetoric of these founders is filled with idealistic hope eerily reminiscent of the "city upon a hill" sentiments expressed by the Pilgrim and Puritan arrivals in New England. But New England was not empty and neither was this equatorial region of West Africa. As Ciment illustrates, it was that fact that was a driver of much of Liberian history. The so-called Americo-Liberians quickly established themselves as a governing class, ruling over the vast majority of indigenous ethnic groups and causing the predictable social and economic resentments. This is an informative account of a nation that has been strongly influenced by our own. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

James Ciment is an editor and the author of several books on the history of Africa and the Middle East. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Subject: Liberia > History.
African Americans > Colonization > Liberia.
Liberia > Relations > United States.
United States > Relations > Liberia.

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