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By James Ciment

ISBN-10: 0809095424

ISBN-13: 9780809095421

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

In 1820, a gaggle of approximately 80 African americans 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 yankee Colonization Society, a white philanthropic association with a twin time table: to rid the US 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 United States is the 1st complete account of this dramatic scan. With empathy and a pointy eye for human foibles, Ciment finds that the Americo-Liberians struggled to dwell as much as their excessive beliefs. They wrote a stirring announcement of Independence yet re-created the social order of antebellum Dixie, with themselves because the grasp caste. construction plantations, protecting dependent soirees, and exploiting or even supporting enslave the local Liberians, the persecuted turned 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 United States 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 monetary guidelines 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 via a favorite 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 kingdom of delivery. The inspiring and stricken heritage they created is, to a impressive measure, the reflect picture of our own.

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Within weeks of arrival, his beloved second wife—never well to begin with—succumbed to the fever. ”37 If he thought he might bury his grief in missionary work, he was quickly disabused of the idea by J. B. Winn, the newly arrived replacement for Bacon. S. 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.

8 So when whites started making plans to remove free blacks, it sounded awfully like a sophisticated form of kidnapping, a phenomenon so rife in Philadelphia that Allen himself was once captured by a kidnapper who claimed with straight face to have recently purchased America’s most prominent black ecclesiastic. But now that the people had spoken, the leadership responded. The official declaration of the meeting questioned everything the colonization society stood for—from its “unmerited stigma … upon the reputation of the free people of color” to its assumption that blacks should and would return to Africa.

Now a free man, Carey eventually became the supervisor of the warehouse, which came with the solid middle-class salary of $800 per annum. He remarried, had several more children, and settled them on a farm in the suburbs. Carey also took up his father’s vocation, becoming an itinerant preacher, respected by his colleagues, even white ones. His sermons, J. B. ”36 Sometime around 1812, Carey caught the missionary bug, a common ailment in early nineteenth-century America. As did other evangelical denominations, the national Baptist leadership tried to harness the newfound fervor among its congregants through institutionalization and fund-raising.

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