Another protest, this one outside Monrovia, once again calling for the release of independist and leader of the Liberian Independence Movement, Edwin Barclay. (Colourised, 1952)
Barclay was a renouned speaker and man of the Liberian people. He served as the 18th and last President of the Republic of Liberia before the Americans retook control of the government after 100 years of independence, and installed the now American puppet government, the General Governate of the Republic of Liberia, or internationally known as American Liberia. Although not geographically part of the American Sphere of Influence agreed upon by the Axis Powers, it was a strategic position for Washington, as this was their foothold in the African continent. Barclay was first arrested shortly after the end of the war and was held in custody for 2 years, until he was allowed to be released, only to be recaptured and was sentenced to indefinite jailtime for supporting the Liberian Independence Movement.
In his absence, his former Vice President James Skivring Smith Jr took up his role as the speaker and representative of the Movement. As part of his mission, he travelled across the nation, gathering supporters and funds, and also signatures for Barclay's Liberian Independence Act, which needed over 5,000 signatures before it was eligible for discussion in the Liberian Gubernatorial Congress. While all this was happening, he also called for the release of his fellow True Whig and President. A few international organizations also yearning for freedom in their nations reached out to support them, like the Free South Africa Alliance and the Quit Ethiopia Movement. With the release of Barclay, he had gathered over 8,000 signatures for the proposed act, and would later support the creation of the Autonomous Dominion of Liberia, which while nominally still under American rule, was officially catered by their own local politicians.
Barclay shortly after rejoining the Liberian Independence Movement, seen here outside the capitol building in Monrovia.
The former President got his freedom after striking a compromise between himself and Governor General Lloyd Fredendall; Barclay would get his freedom and be allowed to rejoin his movement, but at the expense of turning Liberia instead into an Autonomous Dominion of the Free American Empire, but with himself as the President. The prospect of autonomy over a restored republic wasn't favored by the LIM at first, but realizing this was the best thing they are going to get, they decided to support it. Liberia would officially transition into a democracy at the end of the Kalten Krieg, and the Americans would recognize it's independence in 1992.
Charles Lindbergh delivering his infamous "Eliminate Liberia" speech in Washington DC.
"I have telephoned the Governor General at Monrovia yesterday, asking him what was going on in the country he was assigned to look over after reading a few headlines from Germany and Italy. He explained to me that he, and under his decree only, that the leader of the Liberian Independence Movement, Edwin Barclay, has been released and paroled from his indefinite life sentence in jail, and has rejoined his organization. He also compromised with the former President, stating that he strived for the creation of an Autonomous Dominion in Liberia, like the Philippines and New Zealand.
I would have accepted his proposal, but not due to the fact he never informed on this plan. Now, I find that unacceptable. It was my duty to give the Executive Order to officially approve his reformation, but it looks like he is not following constitutional protocol. So, I have dispatched the Armed Forces to raise an Expeditionary Force to officially crack down on the Governor General's plan. I didn't wanted for it to come to this moment, but it has to be done. If he is not going to follow the Constitution of the Free American Empire, then I shall take over and make Liberia into an Autonomous Dominion myself. I call upon the appointed commander, Lucian Truscott Jr, Eliminate Liberia!"
The popular "Live From Tulsa" album from the New York born rapper Alvin Ross. The album was packed with allegories and references to race in America, ranging from the slave trade, to the Antebellum South, the civil rights movement of MLK and Malcolm X, the LA riots and the heat of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Alvin Ross' album 'Merika, which would be among his last albums released before his run for President of the United States... A story for another day... Or another thread.
I got inspired to add this after looking at Nofix's awesome DC Comics in Real Time infobox series on the Alternate Wikipedia Infoboxes Thread.
A photo of Jack Napier, better known as The Joker or simply as Joker, an infamous criminal who terrorized Gotham City, New Jersey during the 1940s and killed many people. This is one of the few photographs of Napier taken after his transformation.