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April 12, 1980–40 years later: Surviving the Coup that Transformed Liberia

Liberia erupted in violence on April 12, 1980 as Master Sergeant Samuel Kanyon Doe seized power from President William Tolbert, ending 133 years of political dominance by Americo-Liberians. Americo-Liberians traced their ancestry to African Americans and Black British subjects who immigrated to Africa and became the founders of the Republic of Liberia, in power from 1847-1980. In October 1985, having promised to return Liberia to civilian rule, Doe was declared the winner of Liberia’s first multi-party elections. The results were largely rejected by the international community after his own staff took the ballots…

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Folks, listen to Head of State Samuel Kanyon Doe’s definitions of Communism: “In Communist country the women cannot get marry and the men cannot get marry. Any man can take any woman and do anything he wants to do with her”. S. Kanyon Doe said vociferously. Do you want Communism? the Chiefs thundered “No”!. S. Kanyon Doe said in Communist country if you make your farm and harvest 50 bags of rice, the communist government will seize 49 bags and give you 1 bag. Finally, S. Kanyon Doe told the chiefs that “in a communism country nobody has a house. People can sleep in any house they see”. He asked do you want Communism? Finally, the chiefs replied “No”. Op-ed 

It was the True Whig Party that made Samuel Doe, not the Progressive Class

    The Editor, Can there ever be a balanced approach to Liberian history? There are some who will like us to believe that everything was good until 1980. Folks on the right blame all the problems in Liberia on the progressives class and that to me is totally wrong because the coup that took place was led by the People Redemption council and the Liberian army. You can’t blame the progressives for the failure of the so-called revolution led by Samuel Doe because they did not actually take overpower…

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In the coming November 2017 presidential election in Liberia, ethnicity, tribal politics and native identity are advantageous, and therefore some candidates are using them to win the election. Public Policy 

Chaos and brutality in Liberian politics Part IV

  By Dagbayonoh Kiah Nyanfore II   William Tolbert’s presidency   Tubman’s successor, President William Tolbert, a fellow Americo-Liberian, utilized tribalism when he spoke Kpelle, a native language, in his first inaugural address. By speaking Kpelle, Tolbert was considered a Kpelle man, a native man. He received praises for his speech in the native tongue. No one complained and no one accused him of tribalism. Like Tubman, he knew that in order to become popular among the native people, he must identify with them. He joined the Poro Society, a native…

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