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Title:The role of women in national development in Liberia, 1800-1900
Author(s):Hoff, Joanna Tenneh Diggs
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):McGreal, Thomas L.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):History, African
Women's Studies
Abstract:This study examines the role of women in national development in Liberia, 1800-1900. It was during this period that the American Colonization Society(A.C.S.) and its auxiliaries established a colony on the West Coast of Africa for resettlement of African-Americans. About seven thousand women from this group went through a long period of interaction with the indigenous African female population that inhabited the area before settler arrival. The study investigates the interaction processes of the two groups of women from diverse cultures in religion, education and socio-economic activities as the Liberian nation developed throughout the 19th century.
The method used to obtain information about indigenous African and African-American women in this historical study involved documentary research and analysis. Literature pertinent to the study of women in America and in Liberia was reviewed. Records from the archives of the United States and Liberian governments and the records of the American Colonization Society provided a great source of information. Other information relevant to the study was made available through the University of Illinois Library Systems.
This study helps one to understand how important indigenous African women were in their societies before any contacts with Western civilization. A picture of African-American women during and after enslavement is also presented. Finally, the study presents the interactions of women in the indigenous African setting as reflected in the institutions and practices that were adopted in Liberia.
Issue Date:1989
Rights Information:Copyright 1989 Hoff, Joanna Tenneh Diggs
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI8924838
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI8924838

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