After six years of research and more years of writing and revision, it's pretty thrilling to see my book in the UPK catalog. Check it out at www.kentuckypress.com.
To request a copy of Liberty Brought Us Here, please contact Jackie Wilson, University Press of Kentucky, 663 South Limestone Street Lexington, KY 40508. Phone: 859-257-2817.
Please contact Jackie Wilson, University Press of Kentucky, 663 South Limestone Street Lexington, KY 40508. Phone: 859-257-2817.
Susan E. Lindsey is the author of Liberty Brought Us Here: The True Story of American Slaves Who Migrated to Liberia and coauthor and editor of Speed Family Heritage Recipes. She has also published a number of essays and short stories.
Lindsey earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington state before starting a nearly 20-year career in corporate communication and public relations. She then launched Savvy Communication, an editing business she's operated for the past 10 years. She currently lives in a lovely Victorian-era home in Louisville, Kentucky.
"In recounting the lives of freed slaves who immigrated from Kentucky to Liberia decades before emancipation, Lindsey breathes life into a poignant, provocative, and largely forgotten tale. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, Liberty Brought Us Here is both a significant contribution to the historical record and a pleasure to read."
—Alan Huffman, author of Mississippi in Africa: The Saga of the Slaves of Prospect Hill Plantation and Their Legacy in Liberia Today
"Based on extensive archival research, Liberty Brought Us Here is an engaging, nuanced, and imaginative work that merits a prominent place in the scholarship on the American Colonization Society and Liberia."
—Eric Burin, author of Protesting on Bended Knee: Race, Dissent, and Patriotism in Twenty-First-Century America
"Lindsey does an outstanding job weaving together original sources, including letters between the US and Liberian families and archival research. Relying on these sources plus germane scholarly writings covering the American Colonization Society’s settlements, Lindsey deftly and authentically fills gaps in the original documents and scholarly publications. A good read about a Liberian settler family’s struggles in the mid-nineteenth century."
—Verlon Stone, former special advisor, Indiana University Liberian Collections
"At a time when Liberia is seeking to redefine itself in the aftermath of civil war, the author takes us back to America’s role in the founding of the Liberian state as she weaves a story of two migrations in search of better lives—black Kentuckians to what became Liberia, and white Kentuckians and former slave owners to frontier Illinois.”
—D. Elwood Dunn, author of Liberia and the United States during the Cold War: Limits of Reciprocity and editor of The Annual Messages of the Presidents of Liberia, 1848–2010
"Lindsey has ambitiously and carefully told the other side of Liberia’s story: the connection or disconnection of Americo-Liberians to America, their hope of finding a truly free and peaceful land, the contradictions of Liberia’s history as the unwanted ‘uncolonized colony,’ and Americo-Liberians’ struggle to be liberated while perpetuating the same slave culture that had kept them in bondage in America for centuries. This is an urgently necessary book that should be on the shelf in every library."
—Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, author of Praise Song for My Children: New and Selected Poems