Magazine article New Internationalist

Another America

Magazine article New Internationalist

Another America

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Another America

by James Ciment

{Hill and Wang ISBN13 9780809095421)

In the early 19th century a group of former A frican-Am erica η slaves travelled back to their ancestors' birthplace in search of a land of liberty.

This book concentrates primarily on two subjects: the strange and ambiguous relationship between the United States and Liberia over the past two centuries, and the élitist political culture that the Americo-Liberians inherited from their former US masters.

Like the Founding Fathers of the United States before them, the Liberian élite spoke, in their constitution of 1847, of liberty and 'the rights of man'.

But political freedom was permanently put on hold. Instead, profit became the nation's driving ideology. …

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