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9780739103449

Liberian Politics The Portrait by African American Diplomat J. Milton Turner

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  • ISBN13:

    9780739103449

  • ISBN10:

    073910344X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-06-03
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Figure and Tables
ix
Figure and Tables
xi
Foreword xv
Introduction xxi
Prologue xxvii
Introduction: African American Politics and the Comparative Dimension
1(8)
Part I: Political Background 9(58)
Political Patronage: The Political Appointment of an African American Diplomat
11(16)
The African American Diplomat in Liberia: The Challenges and Hardships
27(18)
The Outsider's Perspective: A New Methodological Approach
45(22)
Part II; Liberian Domestic Politics: 1869-1878 67(140)
The Liberian Political Processes and Institutions
69(138)
The Nation-State
70(10)
Political Culture
80(3)
Constitution
83(3)
Protests and Insurrections
86(59)
Political Assassinations
145(10)
Political Issues
155(5)
Presidential Elections
160(8)
Legislature
168(9)
Presidency
177(11)
Judiciary
188(13)
Public Policy
201(6)
Part III: Liberian Foreign Politics 207(148)
The Liberian Foreign Policy-Making Process
225(130)
The Relationship with Britain
226(4)
The Relationship with France
230(3)
The Relationship with Germany
233(25)
The Relationship with the Netherlands
258(8)
The Relationship with the United States
266(33)
The Relationship with African American Emigres
299(33)
Other Matters: Ports and Duties
332(23)
Part IV: Problems and Prospects 355(30)
The Documents Revisited: The Roots of Failure of America's Peculiar Relationship with Liberia
357(8)
Democracy Stillborn: How Race and Ethnicity Impeded the Transplantation of U.S.-Style Democracy in Liberia
365(20)
Georgia A. Persons
Epilogue 385(12)
Appendix 397(4)
Bibliography 401(8)
Index 409(8)
List of Contributors 417

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