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World History--Imperialism Case Studies of African Nations: African Nations

Houses on an Ethiopian Mountain

Tesfa Trek. Ethiopia. Katie Hunt. 2011. Wikimedia Commons.

DRC

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Five mixed raced women taken from their mothers in DR Congo as children have gone to court after suing Belgium for crimes against humanity. The trial is the first of its kind. About 15 000 bi racial children were forcibly separated from their black mothers in the former Belgian colonies of DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. They were called children of sin and dumped in orphanages by the state (12:02)

Ghana

Ghana

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We often think of resistance to colonialism in terms of armies and battles… and truthfully, there was some of that, especially when a colony was conquered and when big rebellions emerged. But resistance also took many other forms. Ultimately, boycotts, strikes, marches, and diplomacy did a lot of the work that ended formal empires. In this video, we look at some episodes of resistance from Ghana—the British Gold Coast Colony—under the leadership of Yaa Asantewaa and later Kwame Nkrumah. (12:30)

Angola

Angola

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AP historical news (16 March 1958): In Angola, freedom fighters are still engaged in the struggle to oust their Portuguese rulers, who have been in control of the country for some 500 years. (12:12)


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