Brothers and Strangers: Black Zion, Black Slavery, 1914-1940
Brothers and Strangers is a vivid history of how, during the interwar years, the mythic Africa of the black American imagination ran into the realities of Africa the place. Subsequently various plans were put forward for a League Mandate or an American administration to put down slavery and "modernize" the country. Threatened with a loss of its independence, the Liberian government turned to its "brothers beyond the sea" for support. A varied group of white and black anti-imperialists, among them W. E. B. DuBois, took up the country's cause. In revealing the struggle of conscience that bedeviled many in the black world in the past, Sundiata casts light on a human rights predicament which, he points out, continues in twenty-first-century African locations as disparate as Sudan, Mauritania, and Cote d'Ivoire.
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