B The gripping story of two hundred freed Mississippi slaves who sailed to Liberia to build a new colony where the colonists repression of the native tribes would beget a tragic cycle of violence When a wealthy Mississippi cotton planter named Isaac Ross died in 1836, his will decreed that his plantation, Prospect Hill, should be liquidated and the proceeds from the sale be used to pay for his slaves passage to the newly established colony of Liberia in western Africa Ross s heirs contested the will for than a decade in the state courts and legislature prompting a deadly revolt in which a group of slaves burned Ross s mansion to the ground but the will was ultimately upheld The slaves then emigrated to their new home, where they battled the local tribes and built vast plantations with Greek Revival style mansions in a region the Americo Africans renamed Mississippi in Africa The seeds of resentment sown over a century of cultural conflict between the colonists and tribal peoples exploded in the late twentieth century, begetting a civil war that rages in Liberia to this day Tracking down Prospect Hill s living descendants, deciphering a history ruled by rumor, and delivering the complete chronicle in riveting prose, journalist Alan Huffman has rescued a lost chapter of American history whose aftermath is far from over....
|Title||:||Mississippi in Africa|
|Publisher||:||Gotham January 13, 2005|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
|File Size||:||796 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Mississippi in Africa Reviews
Mississippi in Africa is not just a well considered history of the United States but a look into human nature. This book will give people on both sides of the "Race Issue" something to think about. Truly, a thought provoking book that should give insight and bring all Americans back together to discuss the elephant in the room.
Huffman takes readers through quite a journey as he gives the history of abolitionists in Mississippi and the ultimate return of blacks to Africa. His story is fascinating and I simply couldn't put down the book until I read every page.
This book should be turned into a movie. The opening story at a Mississippi Plantation is riveting. His own journeys and personal experiences in war-torn Liberia are almost super-human. I read this book from cover to cover in one sitting.
Very good book. At times it was a little dry, but, because, I am originally from a town that is near where this plantation was, I found the book very interesting.
This Book is phenomenally written. Alan Huffman did not hold back about how the Slaves from Mississippi were really treated. Sad but true. This book was used but in great condition. I have it for keeps now! It came on time and like brand new!
I enjoyed the book it is a great story and not one that is well known. In the book he states that he isn't a historian and that isn't his focus but the story is so strong it leaves you wanting to know more about the colonization movement I enjoyed it. He does include references in the back of the book for those wanting more.
This is a compelling story, but it's full of inference and excessively fluffy. From a historian's perspective Huffman does not have enough evidence to be legitimate. If you're looking for a real history of either Mississippi or West Africa (my two areas of expertise) look elsewhere.