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Buy the Video Watch the Trailer A woman in Dimeh displays the red peppers called grains of paradise on a traditional hand-loomed cloth.
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A woman in Dimeh displays the red peppers called grains of paradise on a traditional hand-loomed cloth.
Ton Vriens, Grain Coast Productions
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Early settlers brought their place names and architecture.
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Settlers shared the land with indigenous tribes.
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Settlers were determined to create a Black America overseas.
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Forced labor was very much like slavery.
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FDR's trip to Liberia was very symbolic.
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Tubman mastered Cold War politics.
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Tolbert wanted Liberia to be a force for African unity and civil rights.
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Tolbert became a tragic figure.
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Doe led the coup that resulted in the assassination of Tolbert.
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Doe's supporters thought the coup would get rid of Americo-Liberian domination.
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Under Doe's leadership, Tolbert's Cabinet was humiliated in public.
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Doe didn't understand the complexities of the task ahead.
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The U.S. accepted Doe.
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Doe was a useful ally for the U.S.
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Doe's corruption became an embarrassment to the U.S.
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As the Cold War ended, U.S. support for Doe dwindled.
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Rebels were ready to be organized by Taylor.
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Taylor was rumored to have the backing of affluent Liberians who wanted to get rid of Doe.
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The civil war was ethnic cleansing at its most cruel.
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Liberians believed that the U.S. would save them from themselves.
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Could the U.S. have done things differently?
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Military peacekeeping forces gave a fragile sense of security.
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People hoped that a vote for Taylor would mean an end to the bloodshed.
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Learn about Liberia from director/producer Nancee Oku Bright:

Read the interview with allAfrica.com.

Listen to the interview with Lisa Mullins, host of The World.

Listen to the interview with The Kojo Nnamdi Show from WAMU.

Read extended interviews about Liberia with:

Jimmy Carter
The U.S. has the power to make a difference in Liberia's future, according to the first American president to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Herman Cohen
America's undersecretary for African affairs from 1989-1993 explains how U.S. interest and involvement in Liberia waned after the Cold War.

Ossie Davis
The famed actor and activist recounts his experiences in Liberia with the U.S. Army during World War II.

Paul Simon
The ex-senator talks about Liberia's 1997 elections and chides the U.S. for its diminishing interest in the country's fate.

Marcus Wade
A former child soldier describes the brutality and horror he endured in Charles Taylor's rebel army.





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