African Independence highlights the important role Africa has played in recent history and the significant role it will continue to play in the future of America and the globe. In a world where much of the power and wealth remains concentrated in the hands of a very few people, this book looks at how the history of African independence has touched all people from refugees to heads of state. Author Tukufu Zuberi weaves exclusive interview excerpts and stories from many Africans he has met with old newsreels, current news and reports, and research into a larger narrative that takes readers through key events in African history and shows their importance today. The book provides context for understanding connections between events in Africa and the world, such as Nigeria s Boko Haram acts of war against the citizens of Nigeria and neighboring states, China s rise as the main superpower with the largest financial connections to the African continent, and the so-called war against terrorism. Zuberi is also the director of the documentary African Independence, which has won awards including Best Director and Best Documentary at the San Diego Black Film Festival, Best Director at The People s Film Festival, Best African Film at the San Diego Black Film Festival, and more. Both alone and together, the book and film offer a deeper understanding of Africa s central role in world affairs."
Tukufu Zuberi is the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations and professor of sociology and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He writes and speaks widely about race, both in the United States and internationally. He is a host on the hit PBS series History Detectives and has been interviewed on NPR and other media all over the world.
Table of Contents
Map of Pre-Colonial Africa, before 1600 Map of Colonial Africa, 1914 Map of Pre-Independence Africa, 1950 Map of Independent in Africa, 1994 Selected Chronology of Events Acknowledgments Introduction Why I wrote this Book and Made a Film My Point of View How I Tell the Story Chapter 1From Colonialism to Pan Africanism: The Impact of World War II on Africa Fascist War on Ethiopia North Africa Campaign African Contributions to the War Effort African Post-War Response to Colonialism African Post-War Uprisings 5th Pan-African Congress Chapter 2The End of Colonial Rule: Beginnings of Independence The Movement Materializes Political Independence in Ghana The Spread of the Movement Power of the Gun Chapter 3Africa in the Cold War: Repression and Liberation The Cold War African Decolonization and Repression Patrice Lumumba’s Congo Southern Africa Coup After Coup African Power in the Cold War Apartheid Chapter 4April 1994 and Beyond: African Independence Today The Post-Independence Map of Africa April 1994 Post-Independence Unity Traditional Ethnic Conflict Hypocrisy, Terror, AID, and Crime Extending African Independence