October 1, 2013 POLS 3000
POLS 3000 October 1 2013, Sierra Leone & Liberia
***Preventing Plagiarism Pilot Study in CSAHS***
October 15 Multiple choice midterm (50 multiple choice questions)
Africa and the influence of recaptured slaves
What happens when Africans who have been liberated from slavery are returned to
“The captives were all absolutely African in their origins and yet they were divided
from Africa by an acute experience of alienation. Africa had sent them into slavery.
Europe, but especially Britain had rescued and set them free.
Converted to Christianity by the campaigning missionaries of the nineteenth
century, the liberated victims naturally looked to Britain as the shrine of salvation”.
(Davidson, pp. 25-26)
- They were pro-colonial. Saw Europe as a place of enlightenment and because
Africans sent them into slavery therefore they saw Africa as savage.
Why did the modern look better?
- To be an African in favour of having African ruling themselves was to risk
empowering those who had sold them into slavery.
o A good examination of colonial era because it takes a twist in
European ways. Africans are questioning African ways.
o Those Africans (ex- slaves) were the strongest advocates for
European ways. Western educated African elite
Because they were educated in the west they see themselves as
elite and see Africa as teaching them nothing.
No way of organizing the continent
See it as in order to become civilized you can no longer be
Non of it worked out they way the elite expected it to
Even if this so called enlightened elite won the struggle
against their traditional brothers and sisters
colonialism wipes out any progress that might have
- “In retrospect” says Davidson,
“The whole great European project in Africa… taught that nothing useful could
develop without denying Africa’s past, without a ruthless severing from Africa’s roots
and a slavish acceptance of models drawn from entirely different histories.” (page 42,
Davidson critical of colonialism “wipes out anything indigenous”
- Can’t use anything that is African
- Part of Africa’s tragedy: African leaders turned their backs on their own
history and embraced what they believed to be modern if it was foreign
o Davidson sees it as a mistake
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If Africa would have been able to stay true to itself he argues it
would have probably been in a better position right now
- Was the nation- state forced on Africa?
o Jeffery Herbst goes in some length to explain why African leaders did