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Liberia, republic in West Africa, on the Atlantic Ocean coast. A sparsely populated land, Liberia was founded in the early 1800s by freed American slaves. The Liberian Civil War, from 1989 to 1996, killed 150,000 people and devastated the country’s economy and infrastructure. Liberia is bounded on the north by Sierra Leone and Guinea, on the east by Cote d’Ivoire, and on the south and west by the Atlantic Ocean.


For younger readers

Levy, Patricia. Liberia. Marshall Cavendish, 1998. For readers in grade 6 and up.

Reef, Catherine. This Our Dark Country: The American Settlers of Liberia. Clarion, 2002. For readers in grade 5 and up.


Dunn, D. Elwood. Historical Dictionary of Liberia. 2nd ed. Scarecrow, 2000. People, places, and events of historical and contemporary Liberia.

Levy, Patricia. Liberia. Marshall Cavendish, 1998. An overview, with photographs, of the history, culture, and people of this West African nation. For younger readers.

Liebenow, J. Gus. Liberia: The Quest for Democracy. Indiana University Press, 1987. History from Liberia's origin as refuge for American slaves through the 1980 coup and subsequent turmoil.


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