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“The Total Liberation of the African Continent”: Kwame Nkrumah’s Independence Speech and Decolonization

Discussion of Kwame Nkrumah’s independence speech as a tool to teach decolonization

Bram Hubbell
Bram Hubbell
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“The Total Liberation of the African Continent”: Kwame Nkrumah’s Independence Speech and Decolonization
Panel from the OER graphic history of Kwame Knrumah. He’s delivering the independence speech.

In this week’s post, I discussed how 1955 to 1965 marked a high point for decolonization as the number of nations, especially in Africa, that gained their independence increased significantly. One of the most powerful ways to help students understand the significance of this change is by having them focus on Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah. Ghana was the first Black country in Africa south of the Sahara Desert to gain independence.

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