The U.S. Liberian Connection


Residents look on as the body of a man suspected of dying from Ebola lies in a busy street, after it was reportedly dragged there to draw attention to burial teams following days of failed attempts by his family to have his body picked up, in Monrovia, Liberia. (Daniel Berehulak—The New York Times/Redux)

In Aryn Baker’s recent Time Magazine article entitled Why The U.S. has a special responsibility to help Liberia with Ebola, he states

Dubbed “Another America” by American historian James Ciment in his recent book on the country, Liberia was founded by American statesmen in 1820 and populated, forcibly by some accounts, with former slaves. According to Ciment’s account, it was an attempt to rid the United States of its burgeoning population of freed blacks, which Kentucky Senator Henry Clay, then speaker of the House, called in 1816 “useless and pernicious, if not dangerous.” It was a kind of “ethnic cleansing” for a country uncomfortable with the idea of slavery yet not prepared to accept blacks as full members of society, Ciment said in a recent interview.”


This article does a great job of briefly explaining the historic ties that Liberia has to the United States and why it is imperative that we as Americans lend a helping hand to our Liberian friends in their time of need. I hope you will take the time to check it out through the following link:


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