OUR HISTORY! The Republic of Liberia was founded in 1821 as a home for emancipated slaves from North America and thus got its name which is a somewhat unorthodox derivative from Latin 'liber' ('free'). Its capital, Monrovia, was named after President Monroe of the United States.
Text is by DANIEL BASHIEL WARNER (1815-1880) - third President of Liberia (1864-1868).
The music is by OLMSTEAD LUCA (1826-1869), the tune cannot suggest Negro music in any way. There is no trace of Afro-American or straight African influence. The marchlike beginning is much rather suggestive of a German student song. The trio recalls Viennese beergarden music and old-fashioned military marches. Towards the end there is even a dash of Mozart from 'The Magic Flute'.
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