Liberia and the Quest for Freedom
Liberia & the Quest for Freedom
Author: C. Patrick Burrowes
Publish: 2019
Publisher: Know Your Self Press
Format: ebook, Paperback
ISBN: 978-1945408427
Pages: 112

Africa’s past and present are deeply influenced by the capture and selling of millions of its people over several centuries. To a greater extent, that is true for Liberia, a country to which blacks from the Americas returned. Liberia’s recent civil war, the trans-Atlantic slave trade inflicted pains, traumas, and losses that cannot be ignored out of existence. Driven beneath the surface, they corrode our conscience and erode our humanity. By pretending they did not happen, we destroy our ability to tell right from wrong, victims from villains.

Echoes of the slavery era can be heard in the derogatory names we call each other like “Gio,” “Belle,” and “ex-slaves.” Liberians living today are called upon to build peace by doing away with relations of great inequality. They have no better examples than the first generation of Liberians, both repatriates and indigenous, who worked together to do just that.

Author Details:

Carl Patrick Burrowes, Ph. D. is Liberia’s leading historian. He’s served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cuttington University, Liberia, and Carter G. Woodson Distinguished Professor at Marshall University. Burrowes is the author of Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea: A History of the Liberia People Before 1800 and Power and Press Freedom in Liberia, 1830 to 1970.

He is also co-author, The Historical Dictionary of Liberia. His research has received awards from the International Communication Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Patrick earned a Ph. D. in Communications, Temple University, 1994.