Could Liberia have been a state? I think this would have gotten us more involved in the situation in Africa and made things better there today. Do you agree?
tom said:Could Liberia have been a state? I think this would have gotten us more involved in the situation in Africa and made things better there today. Do you agree?
Ace Venom said:Assuming that the U.S. would have made efforts to establish a permanent colony in Liberia, there's still no chance that it would happen until late in the 20th Century, because you have to take racism into account. But by that time, Liberia would be like another Puerto Rico and wouldn't want to become a state.
david3565 said:Actually, the only reason Peuto Rico doesn't become a State is because there is a deadlock of opinion. About a third like it as it is, another third want to become a State, and the other third want it to be an indepedent country.
That would have put them directly in competition with ... FRANCE! [Dramatic Chord]Peter said:Liberia could of course be expanded, remember the grab for Africa came in the 70's and 80's, had America worked fast enough I'm sure they could have gotten a huge chunk.
Could there possible have been a Liberia state within the US? Don't send the slaves back to Africa - give them their own territory in the States, carve out a western state for them.
Hmmm, I don't see the likelihood of Liberia becoming a US state after its foundation as Africa's 1st so-called republic in 1847 (which Lincoln only recognised during 1862), since as Ace Venom pointed out, racism was such a strong factor, and the main reason many whites supported the inception of Liberia was so's that all American blacks could be sent back there instead of being allowed to continue living alongside whites in America. Such racist sentiments wouldn't have countenanced IMHO recognising Liberia as a constituent component of the Union.
BTW, on the previous board I posted a thread on WIs re other proposed potential freed black colonies in other parts of the world, such as Central America and the Philippines. What do you guys reckon on thes ideas ?