Author Archives: Brooks Marmon

OP-ED: Liberian Historiography and My Making as a Historian

OP-ED: Liberian Historiography and My Making as a Historian

Liberia, more than most places in the world, is defined and perceived by others through interpretations of its past. If the mainstream narrative on Liberia is to change, it will be a new generation of predominantly Liberian historians that will be responsible for the shift. 

OP-ED: ‘Don’t Raze me Broh’ – The Freetown Floods and Liberia

Hundreds were killed and thousands were displaced from their homes last week outside of Freetown, Sierra Leone following a massive mudslide.  Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf briefly visited Sierra Leone to attend the burial of victims of the disaster.

Book Review: From Oliver Twist to ‘Preeminent Man’: Sakui Malakpa on The Rise of Joseph Boakai

Joseph Boakai’s tenure as vice president of Liberia has been relatively quiet, particularly when considering the attention lavished on the president in whose administration he serves.

OP-ED: ECOWAS Summit Illuminates Sirleaf’s Troubled Relationship with Tolbert Legacy

In August 1979, President William Tolbert, Jr. appointed Liberia’s first female minister of finance, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The vacancy arose in part due to the economic fall-out associated with the high cost of hosting the 16th summit of the Organization of African Unity in Monrovia the previous month.

‘Washington Wanted Tolbert Out’: Why the OAU Chair Never Attended Zimbabwe’s Independence Celebration

In July 1979, President William R. Tolbert Jr. of Liberia basked in glory in a purpose-built conference hall on the banks of the St. Paul River, which for over a century had served as an important conduit for the country’s Americo-Liberian settlers to penetrate the interior of a land which had attracted black American settlers since 1822.

Liberian Foreign Minister C. Cecil Dennis’ Last Hours of Freedom

Cecil Dennis had made waves a few years earlier during July 4th celebrations at the U.S. Embassy when, as his brother notes, “he made very sharp remarks” criticizing the U.S.’ lack of support for Liberian development, comparing it unfavorably to the efforts of the British and French to support their West African colonies.