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Africa and the West : a documentary history from the slave trade to independence
Worger, William H.
Publication Information:
Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
ix, 428 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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DT353.5.E9 A34 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Primary source documents are valuable learning resources preferred by many teachers because they give student the chance to decipher and interpret the history themselves. Africa and the West presents a range of hard-to-find primary source documents on Africa from the slave trade that started in the early part of the fifteenth century to independence and the problems of the post-colonial period.

Author Notes

WILLIAM H. WORGER is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Trained in African history at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and at Yale University, he is the author of South Africa's City of Diamonds . Professor Worger has also taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at Stanford University.

NANCY L. CLARK is Professor of History at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she also directs the University's honors program. She is the author of Manufacturing Capital: State Corporations in South Africa . Currently she is at work on a history of South Africa during World War II, focusing especially on the impact of the war on African and female workers.

EDWARD A. ALPERS is a Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Alpers is former dean of honors and undergraduate programs at UCLA, as well as former president of the African Studies Association, the largest international scholarly organization devoted to the study of Africa.

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The documentation that exists concerning the foreign relations between the African continent and both European colonial powers and the US is so massive as to pose a formidable challenge for librarians unfamiliar with the range of original sources. This work, the result of collaboration among three African history faculty at two California universities, offers the full texts of 111 documents relating to sub-Saharan Africa produced between the 15th and 20th centuries. Four topics are covered: Africa in the era of the slave trade, the impact of abolitionism, colonialism and its critics, and the contradictory realities of postcolonial independence (focusing chiefly on Ghana, Mozambique, South Africa, and Tanzania). The earliest document is a 1453 account of the first Portuguese slave expeditions to Mauritania, the latest, Nelson Mandela's inaugural address, May 10, 1994. Each text is accompanied by background information and bibliographical references, which range from royal and papal treaties, journalism, and fiction to the African National Congress Web site. Indexes cover personal, geographic, ethnic group, and organization names. All undergraduate and graduate history reference collections. R. B. M. Ridinger Northern Illinois University

Table of Contents

Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade
From Abolition to Conquest Colonialism and Its Critics
The Contradictions of Post-Colonial Independence