Department

History and Philosophy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

The article discusses sexual unions between black American settlers and majority indigenes in Liberia. According to the author, these unions forged political alliances between indigenous Liberians and Americo-Liberians, furthered the so-called civilizing mission of the colony, and created space for social mobility. Details related to the different groups living in the region, including indigenous Africans, recaptives who had been taken off illegal slaving vessels and resettled in Liberia, and free and formerly enslaved blacks from the U.S., are presented. Other topics include Christianity, polygamy, and illegitimate children.

Journal

Liberian Studies Journal

Journal ISSN

0024-1989

Volume

34

Issue

2

First Page

16

Last Page

34

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