Mississippi in Africa

Mississippi in Africa

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Baker & Taylor
Provides a close-up study of two hundred freed slaves from Mississippi who journeyed to Liberia to build a new colony, the cultural conflict that erupted between the colonists and native tribal peoples of the region, and the repercussions of that conflict in modern-day Liberia.

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After the 1836 death of Mississippi plantation owner Isaac Ross, his will decreed that his plantation, Prospect Hill, should be liquidated in order to pay for his 200 slaves to go to Liberia. Disputed by his relatives, the will remained in litigation for years, prompting a slave uprising at Prospect Hill, but eventually a number of the Prospect Hill slaves would emigrate to Liberia, joining other slaves who would go on to become Liberia's elite, modeling their society on the Old South of their birth. Investigative journalist Huffman traces the fates of the families that stayed behind and those that emigrated, recounting his own travels to the area of Prospect Hill and to Liberia, and reflecting on how the events of years ago echo in the social conflicts and political realities of the American South and the war-torn African country. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
When wealthy Mississippi cotton plantar Isaac Ross died in 1836, his will stipulated that his Prospect Hill plantation should be liquidated and the proceeds used to provide passage for his two hundred slaves to the newly created abolitionist colony of Liberia in western Africa. His heirs immediately contested the will, beginning a battle in the state courts and legislature that would continue for a decade. The legal wranglings would prompt a band of frustrated slaves to initiate a deadly revolt that burned the Ross mansion to the ground and claimed the life of a young white girl before the leaders of the plot were caught and lynched.
But the will would ultimately be upheld, and the slaves would emigrate to their new home in Liberia. There they would battle the local tribes while establishing vast plantations with Greek Revival-style mansions in a region the Americo-Liberians renamed "Mississippi in Africa." The ongoing cultural conflict between native Africans and settlers would continue over the following century, erupting into the civil war that rages in Liberia to this day. In 2001,journalist Alan Huffman traveled there, amidst the violence and tumult, in search of the descendants of Prospect Hill. There he found that the aftermath of Ross's fateful will was far from over.

& Taylor

Provides a study of two hundred freed slaves from Mississippi who journeyed to Liberia to build a new colony, the cultural conflict between the colonists and native tribal peoples, and the repercussions of that conflict in modern-day Liberia.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Gotham Books, c2004
Description: 328 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781592400447
Branch Call Number: 976.2 Huf


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