Mau Mau's Children: The Making of Kenya's Postcolonial Elite

Mau Mau's Children: The Making of Kenya's Postcolonial Elite

by David P. Sandgren, Thomas Spear
     
 

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In 1963 David P. Sandgren went to Kenya to teach in a small, rural school for boys, where he remained for the next four years. These were heady times for Kenyans, as the nation gained its independence, approved a new constitution, and held its first elections. In the school where Sandgren taught, the sons of Gikuyu farmers rose to the challenges of this post

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In 1963 David P. Sandgren went to Kenya to teach in a small, rural school for boys, where he remained for the next four years. These were heady times for Kenyans, as the nation gained its independence, approved a new constitution, and held its first elections. In the school where Sandgren taught, the sons of Gikuyu farmers rose to the challenges of this post colonial era and, in time, entered Kenyan society as adults, joining Kenya’s first generation of post colonial elites.
    In Mau Mau’s Children, Sandgren has reconnects with these former students. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews, he provides readers with a collective biography of the lives of Kenya’s first postcolonial elite, stretching from their 1940s childhood to the peak of their careers in the 1990s. Through these interviews, Mau Mau’s Children shows the trauma of growing up during the Mau Mau Rebellion, the nature of nationalism in Kenya, the new generational conflicts arising, and the significance of education and Gikuyu ethnicity on his students' path to success.

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Mau Mau’s Children provides insights that are vivid and important and that are not available elsewhere in literature.”—Richard Waller, Bucknell University

“The commentary is fascinating and lucid, and the overall result is original and highly informative.”—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299287849
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
08/06/2012
Series:
Africa and the Diaspora Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

David P. Sandgren is professor of history at Concordia College–Moorhead in Minnesota. He is the author of Christianity and the Kikuyu: Religious Divisions and Social Conflict.

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