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The Price of LibertyAfrican Americans and the Making of Liberia$
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Claude A. Clegg III

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807828458

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895580_clegg

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. To live and die in liberia

. To live and die in liberia

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The Price of Liberty

Claude A. Clegg

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses how Liberia meant different things to different people. Those who had come from America looking for liberty sometimes found a semblance of what they sought, but very few discovered absolute freedoms untempered by hardships and sacrifice. For some, freedom came to mean dropping the hoe in favor of trade, attending churches of one's choosing, and attaining the rudiments of literacy in makeshift schools. For others, it meant having one's womenfolk beyond the predatory grasp of the slave master and raising families not subject to separation through sale or probate proceedings. But whatever it meant to specific individuals, liberty usually carried a price.

Keywords:   Liberia, African Americans, Liberian emigration, immigrants, slaves, freedom

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