By Alan Huffman
The gripping tale of 2 hundred freed Mississippi slaves who sailed to Liberia to construct a brand new colony—where the colonists’ repression of the local tribes might beget a sad cycle of violence. whilst a prosperous Mississippi cotton planter named Isaac Ross died in 1836, his will decreed that his plantation, Prospect Hill, may be liquidated and the proceeds from the sale be used to pay for his slaves’ passage to the newly verified colony of Liberia in western Africa. Ross’s heirs contested the desire for greater than a decade within the nation courts and legislature—prompting a dangerous riot during which a bunch of slaves burned Ross’s mansion to the ground—but the need was once eventually upheld. The slaves then emigrated to their new domestic, the place they battled the neighborhood tribes and equipped large plantations with Greek Revival mansions in a area the Americo-Africans renamed “Mississippi in Africa.” The seeds of resentment sown over a century of cultural clash among the colonists and tribal peoples might explode within the overdue 20th century, begetting a civil warfare that rages in Liberia to this present day. within the award-winning culture of Slaves within the relatives, this enchanting paintings lines an epic legacy that sweeps from the slave quarters of the antebellum South to the war-ravaged streets of modern day Monrovia. monitoring down Prospect Hill’s dwelling descendants, interpreting a heritage governed via rumor, and supplying the full chronicle in riveting prose, journalist Alan Huffman has rescued a misplaced bankruptcy of yank historical past whose aftermath is way from over.