This Our Dark Country: The American Settlers Of Liberia
- Number of Pages: 144
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
In the early 19th century, the American Colonization Society was formed with the sole intent of producing a colony for free blacks and former slaves. In this accessible and well-written book, award-winning author Catherine Reef presents a significant but as of however relatively unexplored chapter in African American history. Despite the controversy, the first group of settlers landed on the west coast of Africa in 1822. Photo gallery, endnotes, bibliography, index. Both blacks and whites took passionate stands either for or against this proposal. Her account is filled with excerpts from diaries and letters of the settlers and richly illustrated with period photographs and prints, many of which have never been published before. They faced numerous difficulties arising from the unfamiliar climate, hostile encounters with each of the indigenous people, and the failure of other nations to recognize their independence, but they managed to build a nation, naming it Liberia, for liberty. Today, partly because of these difficult beginnings, Liberia is really a country plagued by unrest.
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