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In 1840, a group of about 80 African-Americans set sail for the west coast of Africa to establish a new nation based on ideals gleaned from the American experiment. More former slaves and freedmen joined the settlement of "Americoes," building the first independent nation in sub-Saharan Africa. Liberia nonetheless struggled over the next century and a half to survive hostile neighbors, religious, racial and class conflicts, and corruption. We explore Liberia's unique history.
One of Maryland's federal lawmakers is behind some new ideas about campaign finance reform that have stalled in Congress, but are being taken up by local legislatures, including D.C.