By Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
In January 2006, after the Republic of Liberia were racked through fourteen years of brutal civil clash, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—Africa's "Iron Lady"—was sworn in as president, an occasion that marked a major turning element within the background of the West African country.
during this stirring memoir, Sirleaf stocks the interior tale of her upward push to energy, together with her early adolescence; her studies with abuse, imprisonment, and exile; and her struggle for democracy and social justice. This compelling story of survival unearths Sirleaf's choice to reach a number of worlds: from her stories within the usa to her paintings as a world financial institution government to her election campaigning in a few of Liberia's so much determined and war-torn villages and neighborhoods. it's also the tale of an outspoken political and social reformer who, regardless of possibility, fought the oppression of dictators and championed swap. by way of sharing her tale, Sirleaf encourages ladies all over to pursue management roles on the optimum degrees of strength, and provides us all desire that, with perseverance, we will be able to swap the area.
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Monrovia was also, from the beginning, the undisputed seat of power of Liberia. In the years immediately following the founding of Monrovia, slave-owning states, hoping to rid themselves of the worrisome free blacks in their midst, formed their own societies and founded their own colonies, working independently of the ACS. In 1834, the Maryland State Colonization Society established its colony at Cape Palmas, some 250 miles south of Monrovia. Societies in Pennsylvania and New York worked together to settle the Edina and Port Cresson (later Bassa Cove) colonies in 1832, while groups in Virginia and Mississippi worked to establish their own colonies.
By this time my mother had softened toward him. He was a handsome man, my father—tall, brown-skinned, and stylish, with a special, jaunty way of walking that proclaimed his confidence. When he proposed to my mother and asked Grandmother Cecilia for her daughter’s hand, both women were won over. Both women immediately said yes. And so my parents, a son of a Gola chief from Bomi County and a daughter of a market woman from Sinoe, were married. I can imagine them as a young couple in Monrovia: hardworking, ambitious, eager to create a better life for themselves and their family.
Martha’s mother, Juah Sarwee, was a native farmer and market woman from Greenville, Sinoe County, who fell in love with a trader from Germany. During the early part of the twentieth century, Germany was one of Liberia’s major trading partners, and the country was full of German expatriates organizing the exports of coffee, palm oil, palm kernels, and piassava. But at the start of World War I, Liberia, eager to display its loyalty to the United States, declared war on Germany and expelled all German citizens.