Another America: Liberia's Story

Another America: Liberia's Story

In 1840, a group of about 80 African-Americans set sail for the west coast of Africa to establish a new nation based on ideals gleaned from the American experiment. We explore Liberia's unique history.

In 1840, a group of about 80 African-Americans set sail for the west coast of Africa to establish a new nation based on ideals gleaned from the American experiment. More former slaves and freedmen joined the settlement of "Americoes," building the first independent nation in sub-Saharan Africa. Liberia nonetheless struggled over the next century and a half to survive hostile neighbors, religious, racial and class conflicts, and corruption. We explore Liberia's unique history.

Guests

James Ciment

Independent scholar; author, "Another America: The Story of Liberia and the Former Slaves who Ruled It"

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