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The idea of repatriating Blacks from America to West Africa was a controversial one. Among African Americans themselves, opinion was divided.
Some felt they should stay and fight for equality and freedom in America. Others were encouraged by the promise of their own land, but were suspicious of the motives of the American Colonization Society ACS for sending them to Africa. Quaker members of the ACS felt that African Americans would have a much better chance at liberty in a country of their own than they would in America.
Slaveholder members of the ACS agreed with the principle of sending Blacks to Africa, but theirs was a more selfish, and racist, reason: They wanted to rid America of any free Blacks who might help organize a slave rebellion. And so in the first Black, American settlers crossed the ocean and arrived on the Grain Coast, their voyage the first thread of a complex web that would link Liberia to America over many decades.
The settlement was named Monrovia, after U. Over the next 40 years, 19, African Americans, Africans recaptured from slave ships, and a small number of West Indians, would settle in Liberia. Under them, Black American repatriates attempted to recreate and maintain an American society, yet they also married indigenous people. Many of their children, therefore, were Liberians of mixed parentage, but were identified as descendants of settlers, or Americo-Liberians. Like their settler parents, some would come to dominate Liberia's politics and economy.
InLiberia became a republicwith a constitution and flag modeled after America's. The relationship of the U. Settler values, however, still dominated, especially as settlers benefited from an educational advantage, often having attended missionary schools in Liberia or gone to school in America.
And this was an important fact. In 40 years, Liberia had gone from being a white-run colony of America to a Black-run republic, with formal diplomatic relations with the United States. Despite this transformation, however, Liberia still relied on, and expected, financial assistance from the U. Financial dependence continues Liberia had a thriving and prosperous agricultural sector, but, lacking an industrial base at a time when industrialization was critical for economic development, Liberia began to face financial troubles in the s.
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By the s Liberia was forced to accept high-interest government loans from Europe and the United States. Thus began a long period of Liberian financial and economic dependence on other nations. As a consequence, Monrovia was shelled by a German U-boat, and the Liberian economy was crippled as a result of cessation of trade with Germany.
In the s, the United States seized on this vulnerability to initiate the exploitation of one of Liberia's natural resources: The rapidly growing automobile industry was creating a massive world demand for rubber, the main component of tires, and the U. The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company of Ohio, therefore, began negotiations to acquire a rubber plantation in Liberia.
The result was an agreement, supported by the U. The company made huge profits and enriched some of the Liberian elite, thus ensuring their support for the venture.
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FDR's trip to Liberia was very symbolic. At the height of the war, inU. Roosevelt stopped in Liberia on his North African tour to visit U. Liberia viewed his visit as a symbol of the strong relationship between the United States and Liberia, and as a confirmation that the U.
The African nation was, after all, America's stepchild. Tubman mastered Cold War politics. Under President Kennedy, the U. In exchange for this aid, Liberia offered its land free of rent for U. Under Liberian president William V. Tubman, Liberia voted with the U. This relationship enabled the U.
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Trouble foreshadowed The seemingly cozy relationship between the United States and Liberia began to falter under William R.
Tolbert, who became president in when Tubman died. Ask your senators to co-sponsor Senate Resolution S. Please feel free to call us at AFJN in case you need further information.
Copies of the S. House of Representatives, Washington, D. The hearings, which were presided over by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R. Flheard testimony from Hon. Moose stated that the United States Government "considers the Abuja Accord -- an interim government, disarmament, demobilization and the holding of free and fair elections the best framework for a permanent solution", to the Liberian crisis. Moose also reiterated the U. Administration "now know faction leaders did not wholeheartedly commit themselves to the peace process but apparently pursued multiple strategies -- one for peace, the other for war.
Moose noted current U. Moose said that the United States "will continue Ros-Lehtinen then said that "The U. And What About Nigeria and the U. Senate Resolution April 22 Version is a welcome starting point for the Congress to complement the Administration efforts in assisting the Liberian people achieve peace. However, the language of the bill creates problems when it states as part of its Resolve to " To now think that Nigeria can be done away with and still have an effective ECOMOG presence in Liberia in the absence of any other country in the world to replace it, is not only wishful thinking but a recipe which would condemn the rest of Liberians in the country to certain death.
That must not be allowed to happen. The penchant to punish Nigeria for its gruesome violation of human rights must not and should not be visited upon the Liberian people who have already suffered enormously.
No other current war in the world has resulted in the level of destruction Liberia has known in the last six years. More thanLiberians out of a population of 2.
A furthercontinue to live in wretched conditions as refugees, notably in Guinea and other African countries. Thousands upon thousands more are venturing out to sea to escape the mayhem which has befallen their dear country.
They have been refused entry into such places as Cote d'Ivoire, where only a few days ago a fishing vessel carrying Liberian refugees was turned away. In the past the Ivorians welcomed Liberians as refugees. More thanLiberians already live in Cote d'Ivoire as refugees. Several reports suggest that Nigerian members of the peacekeepers have been engaged in looting. However, none of them said that the looting was initiated by the Nigerians. All of the reports appear to suggest that the looting was started by the Liberian armed militia.
Can anyone confidently say that no other peacekeepers in Liberia have looted except the Nigerians? Peacekeepers around the world are known to engage in rogue behavior.