THE NATIVE QUESTION
The Native is Aftica's Chief Asset. -- While the material basis for a rapid economic development had been laid, the future depended entirely upon the labor situation. In 1914 there was a scarcity of labor in all the colonies, with the possible exception of Togo, where production was largely in the hands of the natives. This scarcity was, in part at least, the heritage of the persistent attempt to create a "New Germany" in Africa which led to a callous disregard of the negro's rights to the soil as well as to an open indifference to his general welfare. For the first twenty years there was practically no appreciation of the fact that all sound and permanent progress depended upon the conservation and elevation of the indigenous population. It was not only in Southwest Africa that the natives were deprived of their lands. The same course was pursued in the Cameroons, and to a less extent, also in East Africa.1____________________
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Publication information: Book title: African Questions at the Paris Peace Conference:With Papers on Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Colonial Settlement. Contributors: George Louis Beer - Author, Louis Herbert Gray - Editor. Publisher: The Macmillan Company. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1923. Page number: 27.
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