This Our Dark Country: The American Settlers of Liberia

This Our Dark Country: The American Settlers of Liberia

by Catherine Reef



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618147854
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Edition description: None
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Catherine Reef is the author of more than 40 nonfiction books, including many highly acclaimed biographies for young people. She lives in College Park, Maryland. Visit her online at

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

This Our Dark Country: The American Settlers of Liberia 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
kharding on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I picked up this book because I wanted to learn more about the history of Liberia and its connection to the United States. There were two things that were particularly interesting. The first is that the colonizers of Liberia carried on many American governmental and cultural traditions. In addition to clothing, and politics the colonizers, fleeing oppression in the U.S. were often discriminatory towards natives in Africa. While the settlers were opposed to slavery, they were not progressive and still carried on discriminatory politics. Another interesting fact, was to learn about how controversial the emigration to Liberia was, and how most freed slaves were very opposed to the idea of starting a colony even in the face of injustices such as the Black Codes after Emancipation. Yet, Abraham Lincoln was in support of black emigration to Liberia, and believed that blacks and whites could never live fairly and peacefully in the United States. This book is very cleanly organized chronologically, from the arrival of the first colonists to modern day Liberia. There are several pictures provided with captions. In the author's note it explains that most of the photographs were taken at least 80 years after the founding of Liberia due to technological advancements. This is an appreciated note, as it does change the accuracy of the relationship of the photographs to the text. While I felt that there was sufficient primary source information and comprehensive background on the topic, I still felt as though this book was less engaging than many of the other books we have read in this class.