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The True Whig Party (TWP) is the oldest political party in Liberia. Founded in 1869 by black American settlers, the party had a conservative ideology. Endorsing systems of forced labor, in 1930, the TWP sent contract migrant laborers to what is now Equatorial Guinea under conditions paralleling slavery. Both the British and the U.S. opposed this, starting a five-year boycott of Liberia. Eventually the party lost power during a military coup in 1980 when the TWP’s leader was killed.
International Commission of Inquiry into the Existence of Slavery and Forced Labor in the Republic of Liberia., Christy, C. (1931). Report of the International commission of inquiry into the existence of slavery and forced labor in the republic of Liberia. Monrovia, Liberia, September 8, 1930. Washington: U.S. Govt. print. off..