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

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Hanes Walton, James Bernard Rosser, Robert L. Stevenson
Lexington Books, 2002 - 417 էջ
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.
 

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Introduction African American Politics and the Comparative Dimension
1
Political Background
9
Political Patronage The Political Appointment of an African American Diplomat
11
The African American Diplomat in Liberia The Challenges and Hardships
27
The Outsiders Perspective A New Methodological Approach
45
Liberian Domestic Politics 18691878
67
The Liberian Political Processes and Institutions
69
A The NationState
70
Liberian Foreign Politics
207
The Liberian Foreign PolicyMaking Process
225
A The Relationship with Britain
226
B The Relationship with France
230
C The Relationship with Germany
233
D The Relationship with the Netherlands
258
E The Relationship with the United States
266
F The Relationship with African American Emigres
299

B Political Culture
80
C Constitution
83
D Protests and Insurrections
86
E Political Assassinations
145
F Political Issues
155
G Presidential Elections
160
H Legislature
168
I Presidency
177
J Judiciary
188
K Public Policy
201
Ports and Duties
332
Problems and Prospects
355
The Documents Revisited The Roots of Failure of Americas Peculiar Relationship with Liberia
357
Democracy Stillborn How Race and Ethnicity Impeded the Transplantation of USStyle Democracy in Liberia
365
Epilogue
385
Appendix
397
Bibliography
401
Index
409
List of Contributors
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Hanes Walton Jr. is Professor of Political Science, African Studies, and African American Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author and editor of a number of books including Reelection: William Jefferson Clinton as a Native-Son Presidential Candidate. The Rev. James Bernard Rosser Sr. is an episcopal priest in Atlanta, Georgia.Robert L. Stevenson is Professor of Speech and Drama at Savannah State College.

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