Mississippi in Africa: The Saga of the Slaves of Prospect Hill Plantation and Their Legacy in Liberia Today (Paperback)

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    When wealthy Mississippi cotton planter Isaac Ross died in 1836, his will decreed that his plantation, Prospect Hill, should be liquidated and the proceeds from the sale be used to pay for his slaves' passage to the newly established colony of Liberia in western Africa. Ross's heirs contested the will for more than a decade, prompting a deadly revolt in which a group of slaves burned Ross's mansion to the ground. But the will was ultimately upheld. The slaves then emigrated to their new home, where they battled the local tribes and built vast plantations with Greek Revival-style mansions in a region the Americo-Africans renamed "Mississippi in Africa." In the late twentieth century, the seeds of resentment sown over a century of cultural conflict between the colonists and tribal people exploded, begetting a civil war that rages in Liberia to this day. Tracking down Prospect Hill's living descendants, deciphering a history ruled by rumor, and delivering the complete chronicle in riveting prose, journalist Alan Huffman has rescued a lost chapter of American history whose aftermath is far from over.

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    ISBN 9781604737530
    Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Slavery
    Format Paperback
    Pages 328
    Publisher Date 2010-07-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Univ Pr of Mississippi
    Copyright Year 2004
    Height 8.75 in
    Wdth 5.75 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 1.15 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Saga of the Slaves of Prospect Hill Plantation and Their Legacy in Liberia Today
    Audience College/higher education
    Authors Huffman, Alan
    Country of Origin United States

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