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Title:'Here We Live Under Our Own Vine and Palm Tree': The Syncretism of African and American Worldviews of Americo-Liberian Ex-Slaves
Author:Guarino, Gabirel
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal
Geographic term:Liberia
American Colonization Society
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Urbanization and Migration
Abstract:The author examines the world views of Americo-Liberian ex-slaves returning to their 'old' home, Liberia. Contrary to the prevalent view regarding the lack of African culture among the emigrants, he argues that they had more in common with the local Liberian population than has been hitherto realized. He investigates the attitudes of Americo-Liberians towards Africa as their homeland in the areas of medical treatment, religion and the economic system erected by the ex-slaves, using letters they sent to their ex-masters in the USA as evidence. He concludes that underneath the American value system lay African attitudes, which survived both the Middle Passage to the New World and the return 'home'. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]