The Autobiography of an African Princess

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Springer, Nov 18, 2013 - History - 274 pages
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This critical edition of Princess Fatima Massaquoi's memoirs begins with her birth in southern Sierra Leone, continues through her childhood in Liberia, moves on to Hamburg, Germany, where she lived and experienced the rise of the Nazi movement, and ends with her life in the United States.
 

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Contents

1 My Birthplace Ethnicity and Parents
1
2 My Birth and Customs about Childbirth in the Gallinas Country
15
3 Life and Customs in the Bali Bari Country of Sierra Leone
24
4 Life and Customs in the Vai Country of Liberia
37
5 On Beauty and Aspects of Vai Social Organization
50
6 Life in Monrovia
75
7 School Begins at Julie C Emery Hall
88
8 More on Life at the Mission School
103
11 I Meet a Nazi and More on the Work of the Consulate General
143
12 Hard Times Isms and School
157
13 Christmas and School Trips in Germany
171
14 The Invincibles and My Departure for Switzerland
184
15 LÉcole Supérieure et Secondaire Switzerland and Rough Times on My Return to Germany
201
16 Departure for America
213
17 Welcome for a Savage at Lane College and Death of Father
221
18 The Fisk University Saga
229

9 I Bid Farewell to Liberia
115
10 I Arrive in Germany
128

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Vivian Seton is the daughter and only child of Fatima Massaquoi. She received her Abitur from the Freie Waldorf Schule in Germany, an LL.B from the University of Liberia, and an MSc from Georgetown's School of Languages and Linguistics. She has taught French and German at Montgomery College, Catholic University, and the University of Liberia. In the 1970s and 1980s she worked as a producer, writer, and broadcaster in Liberia. Seton has worked for the Voice of America and the German Broadcasting System and publishes Lady magazine.

Konrad Tuchscherer is a specialist in the history of written traditions in Africa, including the Vai script of Liberia, and his work has appeared in major journals and featured in reports by the BBC and NPR. He is the past recipient of Marshall and Fulbright awards. Tuchscherer contributed to the Smithsonian's groundbreaking exhibition on African scripts and wrote a chapter in the resulting book, Inscribing Meaning (2007). He co-produced the documentary film, Ghosts of the Amistad (2014). Tuchscherer is Associate Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies at St. John's University in New York City.

Arthur Abraham is one of the foremost historians of Sierra Leone who has researched/taught at universities in Europe, Africa and the United States. He has a lot of publications to his credit and is the leading authority on the Mende. He has served as a consultant for governments, film-makers and developers. His most famous work is Mende Government and Politics under Colonial Rule: A Historical Study of Political Change in Sierra Leone, 1890-1937 (1978). Currently Professor of History and Eminent Scholar at Virginia State University, USA, he is also the chairman of the Department of History and Philosophy.

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