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Repatriates and refugees in a colonial society : the case of Kenya
Harris, Joseph E., 1929-
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Howard University Press, 1987.
Physical Description:
ix, 201 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1400 Lexile.
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The settlements for freed slaves at Freretown and Rabai on the Kenya coast attracted both former slaves and African refugees from the interior. Harris (Howard University), editor of the African Diaspora Studies Newsletter (v.1, 1984), a contributor to the UNESCO General History of Africa (v.1 and 2, CH, May '81; v.7, CH, Dec '85) series, and author of several books on Africa, including The African Presence in Asia (1971), traces the lives and careers of several former residents of the two settlements and their families. They adopted Christianity, Western ways and education, gained employment with the British missionaries and colonial authorities, and earned favored status over the indigenous Kenyans. They became leaders in the nation's churches, schools, media, trade unions, and civil service. Reformists and political moderates with no tribal base, these settlers nevertheless contributed to the movement toward political independence in Kenya. Harris did his research in Kenya, and tapped oral sources, some of them ``confidential.'' He includes useful genealogical tables, informative chapters on pre-Freretown settlements in India, and on the assassination of Tom Mbotela, plus an annotated bibliography. Well written, despite occasional factual errors (e.g., Nyeri is placed in Nyanza Province, p. 63), and wrong use of words (e.g., ``court marshall,'' p. 79). A useful study of a neglected area. College, university, and public libraries.-P.F. Barty, University of North Alabama

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Chapter I Introductionp. 3
Chapter II the Dispersion and Returnp. 9
Chapter III Institutional Development and Autonomy in Freretownp. 29
Chapter IV Liberated Africans as Civil Servants: Case Studiesp. 54
Chapter V Public Servants, Labor Leaders, and Journalistsp. 68
Chapter VI the Coast African Associationp. 86
Chapter VII the Mombasa African Democratic Unionp. 103
Chapter VIII Coast Elites and Pan-Africanism in East Africap. 118
Chapter IX Tom Mbotela and the Kenya African Unionp. 123
Chapter X Conclusionp. 148
Appendix I

p. 155

Appendix II

p. 157

Appendix III

p. 158

Appendix IV Mbotela Speech Before the NAAC, 17 and 18 December 1951p. 161
Appendix V Documents of the Pan-African Freedom Movement for East and Central Africap. 165
Appendix VI Land Registry File No. C.R., 1924, Kenya*p. 170
Appendix VII "A Dispute Over Freretown," Mombasa Times, Thursday, 10 November 1950p. 172
Notesp. 175
Abbreviations for Bibliographical Essayp. 184
Bibliographical Essayp. 185
Indexp. 193