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Liberia (Countries of the World Series)

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Liberia was a colony for freed and freeborn African Americans for twenty-five years before becoming the first republic on the African continent in 1847. Today, Liberia is recovering from over twenty years of violence, which include seven years of civil war (1989-1996). From depleted iron ore mines to enviable diamond reserves, from indiscriminate logging to the world's largest rubber plantation, from the shrieking pepper bird to the docile pygmy hippopotamus, this book is a spirited investigation of the sharp ...
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Liberia was a colony for freed and freeborn African Americans for twenty-five years before becoming the first republic on the African continent in 1847. Today, Liberia is recovering from over twenty years of violence, which include seven years of civil war (1989-1996). From depleted iron ore mines to enviable diamond reserves, from indiscriminate logging to the world's largest rubber plantation, from the shrieking pepper bird to the docile pygmy hippopotamus, this book is a spirited investigation of the sharp contrasts that define the Liberian land and its people.

Provides an overview of the geography, history, government, people, arts, foods, and other aspects of life in Liberia.

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Children's Literature
Part of the "Countries of the World" series, this book will inform readers of not only the geography, history and culture of the African nation of Liberia, but will provide insight into what it is like for its citizens to live there today. Written by an author who specializes in African titles, it will draw students in with the short, but information rich, two-page chapters that cover many of the diverse cultural and economic issues that face this struggling nation. Students will read about the diamond and mining controversies and how the United States is linked to the formation of this West African nation. In addition to the book's captivating photographs, students will be able to quickly access information within the table of contents, index and glossary along with finding additional information through suggested Web sites, books and videos. 2003, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 12 up.
—Melissa A. Caudill
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836823660
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: Countries of the World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

An Overview of Liberia 5
Geography 6
History 10
Government and the Economy 16
People and Lifestyle 20
Language and Literature 28
Arts 30
Leisure and Festivals 34
Food 40
A Closer Look at Liberia 43
The American Colonization Society 44
Birds of Liberia 46
Dan Masks 48
Diamonds: A Controversial Resource 50
Indigenous Alphabets 52
Joseph Jenkins Roberts 54
The Kpelle 56
Liberian Folktales 58
Logging and the Environment 60
Mining 62
Monrovia 64
The River Horse 66
Rubber 68
Vai Arts 70
William Tubman 72
Relations with North America 75
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Full-color map 86
Black-and-white reproducible map 88
Liberia at a Glance 90
Glossary 92
Books, Videos, Web Sites 94
Index 95
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