by Brian Baughan

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The early history of Liberia was promising. Under the auspices of white Americans, freed slaves had been offered a new home in the West African region during the early 19th century. In 1847 the settlers founded the continent's first independent republic—a full century before the rest of Africa began to shake off colonial rule. Although the new republic modeled itself on the United States—and even named its cities after U.S. leaders—it has nevertheless endured sluggish development, class division, and a brutal civil war during the 1990s that resulted in 200,000 deaths. In their struggle for stability, the Liberian people have forged peace agreements between the warring political parties and established a new, freely elected government in 2006, becoming the first African country to elect a woman as president.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422294383
Publisher: Mason Crest
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Series: Evolution of Africa's Major Nations Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 88
File size: 9 MB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction Robert I. Rotberg 6

A Land of Potential Wealth 11

Struggling for Liberty 17

Extending Democracy 39

A Recovering Economy 45

Bridging the Divide 55

Cities and Communities 67

A Calendar of Liberian Festivals 74

Recipes 76

Glossary 78

Project and Report Ideas 80

Chronology 82

Further Reading/Internet Resources 84

For More Information 85

Index 86

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