Why Democracy & Multi-Party Politics Have Failed In Africa - 03 (Dr. D. Elwood Dunn TRC Testimony)



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For much of its 164-year history, Liberia has enjoyed a special status among Africa’s nations. Founded in 1847 by freed slaves from the United States and the Caribbean, it was Africa’s first independent black republic, and people across Africa considered it both an inspiration and a beacon of hope. Nevertheless, the relationship between the African-American arrivals, known as Americo-Liberians or “Congo” people, and the many ethnic groups already present in Liberia, bore many similarities to European colonialism in the rest of Africa.
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