Liberia has in interesting history, which has had a poignant impact on the countries political culture moving forward. Liberia started as a settlement organised by the American Colonization Society (ACS), a group that aimed to help freed American slaves return to Africa, under the guise that they would face greater changes of prosperity in their ancestors home continent. In 1817 US congress, under the support of President James Monroe, used $100,000 to fund the establishment of Liberia as a ACS controlled settlement and the organisation began shipping American freemen to Liberia. However continued US military support to Americo-Liberians helped solidify power in the hands of this minority, as Liberal quickly became a two-tier society as the American ruling minority subjugated the indigenous tribes of the region. This state of political shortcoming formed the basis of Liberia's political structure and helped to solidify systemic corruption that is still firmly in place today, increasing poverty and inequality in the country.