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 Americo-Liberian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Americo-Liberians are a Liberian ethnicity of African American descent.
They are descended from former American slaves, freed blacks who immigrated in the 1800s to become founders of Liberia and other colonies along the coast in places that would become Cote d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone. /wiki/Americo-Liberian   (170 words)

Americo Trattori [Roma] Vendita macchine movimento terra usate, noleggio, assistenza e ricambi.
Americo West Memphis shop profile on services which specialize in laminated and vinyl table covers and fabrics for uses from boat topping to vertical blinds.
Immobiliare Americo Parlati [Taviano] Locazione e vendita di appartamenti. /encyclopedia/article-Americo-Liberian.html   (272 words)

 What Is the Liberian War About? -- by Tarty Teh
Now Americos are telling the American public that 220,000 lives were wasted in the seven-year war so that they might correct a defect in the 1985 elections that gave President Doe legitimate power after the coup of 1980.
Liberian voters had put their faith in the much-prescribed electoral process.
That contention is further based on Payne's belief that President Doe stole the 1985 presidential election, and that the civil conflict is the reaction of the Liberian people to the rigging of the election. /tartyteh/Payne1.html   (1652 words)

 Liberia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The history of Liberia as a political entity begins with the arrival of the black American settlers — the Americo-Liberians, as they came to be known — who established a colony of “free men of color” on its shore in 1822 under the auspices of the American Colonization Society.
The historical roots from which a majority of present-day Liberians derive their identity, however, are found in the varied traditions of the several ethnicities of indigenous Africans whom the settlers confronted in their struggle to gain a foothold in Africa and, later, extend their control into the interior.
Economic development was retarded by the decline of markets for Liberian goods in the late nineteenth century and by indebtedness on a series of loans, payments on which drained the economy. /wiki/Liberia   (1631 words)

 To Heck with Liberia!, by Justin Raimondo
The Liberian state was an instrument in the hands of the Americo-Liberians for keeping the natives — officially deemed "aborigines" – down on the farm, literally.
Only "Americo-Liberians" could own property, vote, and run for office: These legal inequalities were written into the Liberian Constitution, as well as the Declaration of Independence.
A Declaration of Independence and a Constitution were drawn up, supposedly based on the American model, and the familiar triad of legislative, executive and judicial branches were set up by the "Americo-Liberians," as they called themselves. /justin/j070703.html   (3448 words)

 Putting the Matilda Newport Myth to Rest - Part I
And Liberian school children were forced to parade in the streets in celebration of Matilda Newport Day until 1980 when the holiday was abolished by the native-Liberian leaders of the 1980 coup, which displaced the ruling Americo-Liberian leaders of the ruling True Whig Party after 133 years at the helm.
Liberian history is replete with accounts of heroism on the part of Americo-Liberians (Settlers), and accounts of cowardice on the part of Native-Liberians (the aborigines).
And it is this slanted view of Liberian history, and this false sense of heroism and cowardice that have been the main source of conflict amongst generations of Liberians on either side of the political and social divide, and undermined true patriotism and nationalism in Liberia. /december2003/newportmyth.html   (3476 words)

 The Real Reason for Problems in and the connecton between the so called country "Liberia" and the USA
Although Liberian travellers had èxplored`the interior as far as the Nimba mountains and had negotiated treaties with the chiefs, due to their country´s slowness to react she lost the Sherbro to the British, and the coast east of Cape Palmas and a large section of the interior to the French.
In addition, the Liberian Vaughan family were pioneers of the Nigerian Baptist Missions, and the Jackson family’s newspaper the Lagos Weekly Record (1890-1930) was a powerful advocate of the right of Africans to self-determination and a bold and influential champion of the African race.
Liberian rivers were not navigable, yet they were so numerous that road building was more costly than anywhere else in West Africa except the Niger Delta. /Cherry/doc_page76.html   (5425 words)

 Grand Gedeh Associaton Website
Liberian history, even though not properly coded and documented and filled with many controversies, has mentioned that the relationship between the two specters of the society, Congo (as the Americo-Liberian would later come to be called) and the Country people (indigenous) soon changed from co-equals to master-subordinate relationship.
Once in Africa, they (Americo-Liberians) became the “slave masters” and the indigenous Liberians became “slaves”.
While many Liberians expressed optimism that the sad chapter in the history of Liberia was indeed over, some Liberians, including this writer was cautious because of previous negative behaviors on the parts of warlords in reneging on agreements during the course of the civil conflict. /gg-rehab.htm   (2132 words)

 Liberia Country Study
Americo Liberians both men and women were usually members of at least one, and often several, of these organizations.
In general, Americo Liberians constituted a circumscribed set of people, and the social boundaries were permeable only on the initiative of members of the set.
It was generally thought that the reemergence of Americo Liberians and the renewed social status accorded many of them was a reflection of the technical training, managerial competence, and experience of those appointed to high office. /military/library/report/1985/liberia_2_americoliberians.htm   (1696 words)

 Liberia - Mission Profile
The founder of the Liberian Methodist Church was Daniel Coker, a black minister from Baltimore, Maryland, who was also a leading co-founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
(Liberian control over the interior peoples, however, was not completely assured until the 1940s.) Loans from Britain and the United States partially eased the country’s financial difficulties.
The Liberian Bank of Industrial Development and Investment was established in 1965 to provide capital for private investment. /country_profiles/countries/lbr/Missionprofile.stm   (1616 words)

 Online NewsHour: Liberia's Uneasy Peace Post-1980 Timeline PBS
These freed slaves, known as Americo-Liberians, formed the True Whig Party and dominated Liberian political life for the next 133 years.
Liberians United for a Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), a rebel group that opposes Taylor's government, begins operations in the northern county of Lofa, along the Guinean border.
The United Nations imposes sanctions on Liberian diamonds and issues a travel ban on Liberian government officials in response to its continued support of the rebel insurgency in Sierra Leone. /newshour/bb/africa/liberia/post1980_timeline.html   (1131 words)

 TLP: Civil War
The Liberian crisis exposed old rivalries and differences between French and English-speaking West African states, the consequences which are still being felt in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Many Liberians consider that the U.S. is partly to blame for Liberia's fate by having prolonged Doe's survival during the Cold War.
Thus, when Liberian indigens finally took over power in 1980, there were expectations for Liberia to pursue efforts at reclaiming territory lost in the previous century. /Post24.html   (6259 words)

 Peace Corps Online June 30, 2003 - The Perspective: It now appears that the arrival of the first US Peace Corps Volunteers in Palala in the 1960s saw a change in this school tradition
Even after the Americo-Liberian oligarchy was deposed in 1980, the new leader (President Samuel Doe) a "native Liberian" proceeded to look to the United States.
Liberians are at a loss to understand the US insistence in imposing democracy in Iraq, where resistance appears to be growing as an average of one American soldier has died daily since Mr.
Liberians are now concluding, like others around the world (e.g., Nelson Mandela) had done earlier, that the Iraqi invasion was propelled more by oil and geopolitical calculations than democracy and the search for weapons of mass destruction. /messages/messages/467/2014800.html   (2061 words) - Liberia and Its Music
From Liberia's founding until 1980, Americo Liberians were the elite ruling class.
The Americo Liberians set up a democratic government modeled after that of the United States.
Liberians have created their own Christian songs which they sing in their native languages. /ontour/liberia.asp   (614 words)

 LiberianForum.Com ~ Liberian Information Online
The flamboyant life styles of the military were observed by all Liberians because for the soldiers, their lifestyles were a reward and a result of their “hard work”.
The plight of the common Liberian was unbearable.
Instead he failed to unite all Liberians, and intensified the practice of tribalism thereby heightening tribal sentiment coupled with social and economic turmoil. /articles/massaquoi001.htm   (1965 words)

 History, Migration and Settlement of the Americo-Liberian
Hence, in spite of statements to the contrary, Americo-Liberians held prominent cabinet and other posts in the PRC military government that dismantled the True Whig Party political hegemony.
The percentage of Americo-Liberians was far less between 1847 and 1980, although Americo-Liberians dominated every political or social institution in Liberia, including the posts of president, vice president, house speaker, senate leader, cabinet minister, chief justice, ambassador, university president and so forth.
The Americo-Liberians, at the time of declaration of independence in 1847, set up a system of government in Liberia that shares power equally among the Legislative, Executive, Judicial branches of government just as in the United States. /migration.html   (4114 words)

 JS Online: The rise and fall of the Liberian Big Man
On occasion, U.S. Marines were called in to evacuate American embassy personnel; Liberians would collapse on the beach, wailing that the American forces should repatriate them, owing to their ancestral links to America.
On April 12, 1980, Tolbert was murdered by Samuel Doe, a semi-literate sergeant in the Liberian Army - and a Krahn.
Taylor, who had been politically active among Liberian exiles, returned to the country on Christmas Eve 1989 and began his war. /news/editorials/jul03/156274.asp?format=print   (1754 words)

 Liberia: From oasis of freedom to ongoing civil war
The indigenous population, which made up 99 percent of the inhabitants in the new Liberian Republic, were put to work as laborers on Americo-Liberian plantations, or even sold off to other African countries.
The indigenous could not vote, marry Americo-Liberians, or attend their schools.
Liberians say they have a special relationship with the US and are very much alike. /2002/0612/p07s02-woaf.htm   (846 words)

 The Liberian Saga: One Nation, Two Cultures
Americo-Liberian refers to a Liberian who has freed American slave ancestry while Congo refers to a Liberian of captured African ancestry who never reached the west when slavery was abolished.
Instead of calling every citizen just a Liberian, the Americo-Liberians created a class system modeled after the antebellum plantations of slavery from which they had been extricated.
In Liberian political parlance, the term tribalism denotes derogatory, uncivilized propensity, though the literal meaning refers to a strong sense of identifying with and being loyal to one's tribe, groups, etc. /saga.html   (1984 words)

 William David Coleman
One of the most persistent themes of Liberian history since 1822 is the resistance of tribal people to Americo-Liberian rule.
The deeper the Liberian Government penetrated into the Hinterland and the more territory it claimed (if she would not do it European powers would claim it) the more resistance it met from the tribal population.
He was the second American-born Liberian President who hailed from the State of Kentucky, after President Alfred F. Russell (1883-1884). /ColemanWilliamDavid.htm   (2525 words)

 Alexander Dryer: Our Liberian Legacy
Liberians themselves seem to share this conviction; in the wake of last week’s attack, they stacked bodies in front of the U.S. Embassy and demanded American troops’ protection.
Last week as many as 600 people were killed in a mortar attack on the Liberian capital of Monrovia.
Citing the charges of near slavery in Liberia and reports that Liberian soldiers, under command of an American black, had massacred Kru tribesmen in Liberia, Britain demanded that the League of Nations take over Liberia as a mandate. /articles/2003/07/our_liberian_legacy.html   (1542 words)

 Tom Kamara, The True Face of Rev. Jackson's Liberian Heroes
In the many parts of the country, throughout its history the Liberian system of indirect rule bore the stamp of military means used to establish it in the early twentieth century.
It was first established in the Liberian Army, which had a reputation of brutality and for looting, since troops largely lived off the land.
Independence from the American Colonization Society came in 1847, and the result was a club of Americos, which held what they called elections amongst themselves to share their loot and cement their dictatorship over the natives. /archives/34/045.html   (2499 words)

 The Liberian People
The Liberian census of 1843 proves the devastating impact of malaria on the African-American emigrants.
A 1986 statistical report showed that 75 percent of the Liberian people could not read or write; 79 percent of the people did not have access to safe drinking water; the ratio of population to physician was 9,788:1; and only 6 percent of the people had indoor plumbing.
The amalgamation of the Liberian people through mixed marriage over its 175-year history as a nation, has substantially reduced the existence of an ethnic tabula rasa, despite the fact that some ethnic groups have tried to accentuate their ethnic uniqueness. /jkess3/People.html   (2565 words)

 Online NewsHour: Liberia's Uneasy Peace Charles Taylor Biography PBS
Americo-Liberians had dominated the nation's political life from its founding in 1847 by freed American slaves.
Liberian and American authorities place him in Libya, where it is believed he received shelter and military training from Muammar Qaddafi.
Taylor led a demonstration outside the Liberian mission in New York City to protest Tolbert's policies. /newshour/bb/africa/liberia/taylor-bio.html   (1016 words)

 IJNL: Vol 6 Iss 4 - A Nation Long Forlorn: Liberia's Journey from Civil War toward Civil Society
Historically, the principal divide in Liberian national life has been between the descendants of the Americo-Liberian settlers—never more than 10 percent of the population—and the members of ethnic communities that had dwelled in the country from time immemorial.
While most Liberians are sick of the vicious cycle of conflict, much needs to be done to overcome the inter-ethnic animosities that still persist in the countryside as a result of this history.
Recently, several Liberian scholars have made proposals for a more decentralized government with greater power devolved to local authorities and have even proposed that the voting be postponed until permanent constitutional arrangements are discussed by a national conference. /journal/vol6iss4/ar_pham.htm   (7151 words)

 Kumm - Global Facts
The early Americo-Liberian settlers who were deported from the United States during the first half of the 19th century had the same attitude to "primitive" native Africans as their former white masters in the United States.
In 1980, Tubman´s successor as president, William Tolbert, who also belonged to the Americo-Liberian upper crust of society, was overthrown by soldiers belonging to the "native" population who had for so long been kept out of Liberian politics.
In the early 1960s, Liberian president William Shadrach Tubman, initiating his "Open Door Policy" to foreign capital, was pleased to welcome LAMCO, the Liberian-American Mining Company, which was essentially a joint venture between Bethlehem Steel and the Swedish Grängesberg Corporation, part of the Wallenberg economic empire. /kumm/index.cfm?n=326&c=1794&l=2   (647 words)

 Charles Taylor
Taylor, born in January 1948, is described in the western press as descended from a Liberian mother and an "Americo-Liberian" father.
The Liberian elite comprised light-skinned migrants from the US and the West Indies who lived in the coastal towns and shunned agriculture.
The joke is that Maisie, a kind-looking, sprightly old lady living in San Juan, is first cousin to Charles Taylor, the Liberian guerrilla leader who was recently voted in as president, after having plunged the country into seven years of bloody civil war. /Biography\bio_CharlesTaylor.html   (2205 words)

In the book, no direct reference is made to the Radical 70s or the 1980 coup in which the 127 year rule of the apartheid-like Americo-Liberian regime is overthrown, but it speaks of an imminent native rebellion against the “system” as far back as the 50s.
The question one may ask the renown professor is “why now and not them?” If the novel had been published in the 60s or early 70s, he would have emerged as one of the champions of the native Liberians’ resistance against the minority Americo-Liberian backward oppressive regime.
“Sundown At Dawn, A Liberian Odyssey,” is by far Professor Sankawulo’s most important work, in terms of the issues it touches, namely, the clash of African and western cultures, and political protest against the system of injustice. /article_2005_04_13_3523.html   (2138 words)

 IslamOnline - Art & Entertainment Section
Liberian Muslims number approximately 750,000, or 25% of the total Liberian population of three million.
The religious spirit of Liberian Muslims, in turn, increased so that the number of Liberian pilgrims to the Ka`bah in Makkah increased to 230 in the year 2002.
Their aim, they believed, was to establish the Kingdom of Jesus in Africa, and hence Liberian churches have become subsidiary to the mother churches in the US. /English/artculture/2003/09/article06.shtml   (2010 words)

 FACT SHEET: Republic of Liberia at a Glance
The Liberian Civil war was one of Africa's bloodiest, claimed the lives of more than 200,000 Liberians and further displaced a million others into refugee camps in neighboring countries.
In 2001, the U.N. imposed sanctions on Liberian diamonds along with an army embargo and a travel ban on government officials for Liberia's support of the rebel insurgency in Sierra Leone.
Taylor and his National Patriotic Front rebels rapidly gained the support of Liberians because of the repressive nature of Samuel Doe and his government. /deploy/info/africa/liberia/index.shtml   (1294 words)

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