Volume s1-28, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This volume is a very readable history of the West African Negro republic which came into two-fold prominence during the war years as the then principal source of natural rubber and as an area of considerable strategic importance.

Founded in 1822 by a small group of freed American Negro slaves the country has maintained a precarious economic and political independence. In the past its boundaries have been encroached upon by its neighbors and its tribal population has had to survive the rigors of an insufficient agriculture and a wholly undeveloped economy. Lack of education and lack of medical services have not aided the development of the country.

The beginning of the plantation rubber industry in 1924 introduced a most important factor into the Liberian economy and the success of this industry has meant much both to the Liberian Government and the people.


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