JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Winter 2014) almost entirely on old published accounts, all but ignoring the voluminous ACS records housed at the Library of Congress and fully available online. Accomplished recent monographs by Eric Burin, Claude A. Clegg III, and Marie Tyler-McGraw, and articles over the past decade, appear in passing or not at all in the endnotes. His discussion of Edward Wilmot Blyden, himself a prolific writer, relies almost entirely on Hollis Lynch's dated 1967 biography, bypassing Blyden's own, widely reprinted works. Although Another America does not compare well to recent historiography on the same subject, it does provide the first popularly accessible treatment of Liberia's American roots, a subject that has long demanded such a treatment. Ciment's Liberian history is interwoven with and dependent upon that of the United States. And therein lies the value of Another America. It lets us know that there is, or at least there was, another America across the sea. An drew N. Wegm ann is the T. Harry Williams Fellow in History at Louisiana State University. His work on American race and free people of color has appeared in Social Identities, Multicultural America, and in several edited collections. His
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Nov 24, 2014
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