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‘Misery laid bare’
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Across the continent of Africa, a web of laws silenced African speech. The country is ruled by a criminal code that makes for intellectual terrorism unsurpassed anywhere else in West Africa. For an African, writing a book, asserting his view of the world in a form that Europe had claimed as its own was in itself a political act. In George Padmore's view, the nineteenth-century 'scramble' for Africa was being re-enacted in Ethiopia and in South Africa, a self-governing dominion that wanted control over nearby British protectorates. In a book published in Britain, no restrictive colonial laws would limit Padmore's ability to subvert British rule. Far from preparing Africans to take their place as equals in the modern industrial world, the British were exploiting African labour and resources to maintain their own position in the international capitalist system.

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Ending British rule in Africa

Writers in a common cause


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