“The United States of Africa”: Liberian Independence and the Contested Meaning of a Black Republic

  title={“The United States of Africa”: Liberian Independence and the Contested Meaning of a Black Republic},
  author={Brandon Mills},
  journal={Journal of the Early Republic},
  pages={107 - 79}
  • Brandon Mills
  • Published 28 January 2014
  • History
  • Journal of the Early Republic
Historians have primarily examined the African colonization movement within the context of domestic anti-slavery politics; however, because colonizationists often promoted Liberia as a nascent “United States of Africa,” it can also be understood as one of the United States’ first attempts to engineer republicanism abroad. This article examines the symbolic realization of this republican ideal by investigating the often-overlooked moment in 1847 when Liberia declared itself the world’s second… 
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