““Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman
has left us a gem. In JELLEMOH a highly literate account of
the life of a distinguished woman who in symbolizing Liberia
(and Africa) fused in her experience native Africa and westernized
Africa. This is a deeply personal account of the life and
time of her mother presented with such contextual richness
that a social history of Liberia during time frame is the
Rare is the genre of the biography on Liberia.
Rarer still is its capture not of the widely publicized two
separate Liberias, but the struggle towards a cultural hybrid.
The study suggests powerfully what the real Liberian society
would look like if somehow a critical mass of other such accounts
could be produced—the human encounters and accommodations
D. Elwood Dunn
Sewanee – The University of the South
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