Liberian Politics

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Liberian Politics tells the fascinating story of Liberia's early nation-building efforts, its attempts to establish democracy, and the pivotal role played by African Americans in exporting the American democratic experiment to Liberia. The story of the rise of Africa's oldest democracy is told through the writings of J. Milton Turner, an African American diplomat who served in Liberia from 1871 to 1878. Turner's official diplomatic correspondence—superbly organized and edited by Walton, Rosser, and ...

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Overview

Liberian Politics tells the fascinating story of Liberia's early nation-building efforts, its attempts to establish democracy, and the pivotal role played by African Americans in exporting the American democratic experiment to Liberia. The story of the rise of Africa's oldest democracy is told through the writings of J. Milton Turner, an African American diplomat who served in Liberia from 1871 to 1878. Turner's official diplomatic correspondence—superbly organized and edited by Walton, Rosser, and Stevenson—document Liberia's struggle to define its political institutions and processes. They chart Liberia's struggle to establish its relationship with the wider world and offer an intimate portrait of Turner's role as the agent of U.S. foreign policy in Liberia. A comparative study in the best tradition of Tocqueville and Myrdal, this pathbreaking work reveals the global dimensions of nineteenth-century African American politics and offers rich insight into the direction of early U.S. diplomacy in Africa.

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Editorial Reviews

Kerrie L. Haynie
With this book Walton, Rosser, Stevenson, and their collaborators have launched what should become the next generation of Black politics research. By placing African American politics in a larger comparative and world politics context, this book moves the study of race and ethnic politics further along the important path of robust theory building.
Mae C. King
The work exemplifies an innovative use of diplomatic correspondence as a medium for probing the internal and external relations of a new, unique settler state from the perspective of its first African American diplomat. The result is a penetrating analysis of the foundational character and politics of Liberia, a developing state, including the dynamics of dependency in its domestic and foreign affairs. The book is a valuable and fascinating contribution to the global dimension of African American politics and a probing of the persistent salience of race in international affairs.
J. Allen Zow
Liberian Politics presents a carefully reasoned and fully rounded socio-political comparative analysis of Liberia which masterfully erects a bridge of acute understanding between African American and Liberian politics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739103449
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Pages: 460
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Hanes Walton Jr. is Professor of Political Science, African Studies, and African American Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author and editor of a number of books including Reelection: William Jefferson Clinton as a Native-Son Presidential Candidate. The Rev. James Bernard Rosser Sr. is an episcopal priest in Atlanta, Georgia.Robert L. Stevenson is Professor of Speech and Drama at Savannah State College.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Prologue Part 4 Political Background Chapter 5 Political Patronage: The Political Appointment of an African American Diplomat Chapter 6 The African American Diplomat in Liberia: The Challenges and Hardships Chapter 7 The Outsider's Perspective: A New Methodological Approach Part 8 Liberian Domestic Politics Chapter 9 The Liberian Political Processes and Institutions Part 10 Liberian Foreign Policy Chapter 11 The Liberian Foreign Policy-Making Process Part 12 Problems & Prospects Chapter 13 The Documents Revisited: The Roots of Failure of America's Peculiar Relationship with Liberia Chapter 14 Democracy Stillborn: How Race and Ethnicity Impeded the Transplantation of U.S. Styled Democracy in Liberia

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