Impact of ACS on Liberia

The Flag of Liberia

The current flag of Liberia and the flag of tomorrow 

ACS existed to move and keep African Americans from the United States. While abolitionists fought to free slaves, their true motive was to wean out the number of blacks in the country. Black protesters of the society aimed to counter-ideals held by ACS members but, it was hard for them to gain popularity when members of the ACS were so distinguished. Liberia still suffers from the consequences of African Americans rooting themselves in their native lands. Many learned behaviors imported with black Americans still held remnants of institutionalized racism. of Colorism is still a major issue in Liberia today and can be attributed to the formation of ACS since light-skinned blacks were given more elected positions in Liberian government. [1] The flag represents the attachment Liberia still has with America. Over the course of the 19th century, over 25,000 Americo-Liberians settled in the African nation. [2] While they received the opportunity for freedom and self-discovery, the debate continues about the true motives of the ACS. It is believed that the ACS’s primary motivation was to lead the emigrations of free blacks to Liberia, but the ‘why’ question remains.

[1] Beyan, Amos J. African American Settlements in West Africa: John Brown Russwurn and the        American Civilizing Efforts. Pg 56. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.


[2] "The Lone Star: The Story of Liberia." PBS. Accessed May 08, 2018.


Impact of ACS on Liberia