By Alan Huffman
When prosperous Mississippi cotton planter Isaac Ross died in 1836, his will decreed that his plantation, Prospect Hill, could be liquidated and the proceeds from the sale be used to pay for his slaves’ passage to the newly proven colony of Liberia in western Africa. Ross’s heirs contested the need for greater than a decade, prompting a dangerous rebellion during which a gaggle of slaves burned Ross’s mansion to the floor. however the will was once finally upheld. The slaves then emigrated to their new domestic, the place they battled the neighborhood tribes and outfitted substantial plantations with Greek Revival–style mansions in a zone the Americo-Africans renamed “Mississippi in Africa.” within the past due 20th century, the seeds of resentment sown over a century of cultural clash among the colonists and tribal humans exploded, begetting a civil struggle that rages in Liberia to this present day. monitoring down Prospect Hill’s dwelling descendants, decoding a background governed by means of rumor, and providing the entire chronicle in riveting prose, journalist Alan Huffman has rescued a misplaced bankruptcy of yank background whose aftermath is way from over.
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