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Title:African-Americans and the Defense of African States against European Imperial Conquest: Booker T. Washington's Diplomatic Efforts to Guarantee Liberia's Independence, 1907-1911
Author:Erhagbe, Edward O.
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic terms:Liberia
United States
Subjects:African Americans
foreign policy
History and Exploration
About person:Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856-1915)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/524668
Abstract:Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), one of the foremost African-Americans of his age, played a major role in the Liberian diplomatic efforts to obtain US assistance in defense of the country's territorial integrity in the period 1907-1911. By 1907 it was obvious to Liberian officials that Liberia would be unable to check the French, British and German designs on Liberian territory without US assistance. The Liberian government took steps to win support from the US, and to achieve this, it set its diplomatic machinery in motion. Booker T. Washington became an important piece in the puzzle to influence the US government to respond favourably to Liberia's request. Washington's personal contacts with top US foreign policy shapers must have contributed to the eventual adoption of US plans to help Liberia. Although Washington was definitely not a proclaimed 'Pan-Negroist' or 'Pan-Africanist', he did express sentiments and was engaged in various activities that stand him out as one of the most important black Diasporan contributors to Africa during his age. Bibliogr., notes, ref.