These newspapers called the African Nationalist are extremely important to liberian history as well as to the history of African Colonialism . As some of you may already know, Liberian history is both ironic and tragic. Liberia was founded well before the Civil War, primarily by Southerners who sent their freed slaves to Africa, believing that this was the best option for both races, and that the freed blacks would stand a better chance of making the most of their freedom if they were not exposed to white people trying to exploit them. Ironically, the descendants of the freed slaves, comprising at most five percent of the population, basically enslaved the indigenous black population that was already living there, and this situation has pretty much continued to this day (hence the continuing state of civil war in the country, as these descendants of the disenfranchised tribes struggle for more equality with the descendants of freed slaves.) Liberia has historically been the world's largest producer of natural rubber, with production controlled by Firestone, a white owned company working with the minority government. The writers of these newspapers had spoken out about this arrangement, and were sentenced to many years hard labor for their efforts.
This collection consist of two complete newspapers from the African Nationalist dated 1941 and 1951. There are very few known examples of these papers.
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