The Gold Coast Revolution: The Struggle of an African People from Slavery to Freedom

The Gold Coast Revolution: The Struggle of an African People from Slavery to Freedom

The Gold Coast Revolution: The Struggle of an African People from Slavery to Freedom

The Gold Coast Revolution: The Struggle of an African People from Slavery to Freedom

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The purpose of this book is to trace the evolution of Gold Coast nationalism from the foundation of the Ashanti Confederacy to the emergence of the Convention People's Party and after. It makes no pretence to be a detailed constitutional history of the Gold Coast. The emphasis of the book is upon the rise and development of post-war nationalism, in particular the economic and social unrest leading to the promulgation of the Coussey Constitution in I950 and the methods of agitation used by the several nationalist pressure groups and political organizations in conducting the struggle for constitutional reforms and independence.

While political consciousness among the masses is something quite recent, Gold Coast nationalism has deep roots and a long tradition founded in well-established political institutions. Present-day nationalism also draws emotional inspiration from the former Sudanic Empire of Ghana, whence, from the thirteenth century, migrated the Akan tribes to the territories they now occupy. Hence the new name Ghana which the nationalists have adopted for the Gold Coast.

'Having his origins in Western Sudan', the Gold Coast African has been described as 'a born individualist, virile and irrepressible by nature', who 'tends to be suspicious of outside influence and intolerant of dictatorial methods in any form.'

Thanks to their traditional spirit of independence . . .

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