Review by Edward Benson, MBA, PHD, former Dean
of Forestry, University of Liberia and retired
State Executive of the State of Michigan.
to Racism, An Unbroken Chain from America
to Liberia by Dr. Benjamin G. and Anita K. Dennis,
Algora Publishing, New York, NY, pp 247, December
Dennis is an African American of the Liberian
Mende tribe and his wife, also a sociologist
and anthropologist , is an American national.
He has double doctorate degrees in Sociology
and anthropology, and is a retired Professor
of the University of Michigan - Flint.
book is a major documentation on racism in the
United States and its negative impact on the
founding (history) and subsequent development
of Liberia beginning in 1820. The Dennises present
a strong and convincing description based on
broad social and historical perspectives of
how free American blacks and former slaves transported
a slavery mentality to Liberia and infused it
in their interrelationships with the natives.
This relationship strongly attributed to the
1980 coup d'état and the indisputable
disruption in Liberia's development.
gripping book is a must-read for Americans,
Liberians and others committed to developmental
nation building. It concludes with significant
recommendations of a path for future development
after a 14-year war that devastated the Liberian
economy and infrastructure. - The End -