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Exploring Colonial Legacy Among Liberians in The Diaspora: Clash of Two Cultures

Abstract This thesis investigates colonialism’s legacy on contemporary Liberia’s language practices and self-understandings. Liberia was colonized by freed American slaves under the auspices of the American Colonization Society, established in 1816, which sought to establish a Christian colony in Africa as part of its plan to save the black race. The freed slaves who realized this dream imposed their master’s language and religion upon the indigenous people they encountered while establishing the Liberian nation-state. This thesis delineates and explores three distinct data sets in order to identify contemporary vestiges and legacies of these colonial strategies, including interview data from Liberian immigrants, memoirs written by Liberians, and so... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Wento, Christiana T. (Author) / Nadesan, Majia (Advisor) / Mean, Lindsey (Committee member) / Gruber, Diane (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / Colonial Legacy / Colonization / Cultural identity / Indigenous Liberian / Language / Liberian Immigrant
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 92 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Communication 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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