Children of the French Empire: Miscegenation and Colonial Society in French West Africa, 1895-1960

Children of the French Empire: Miscegenation and Colonial Society in French West Africa, 1895-1960

Children of the French Empire: Miscegenation and Colonial Society in French West Africa, 1895-1960

Children of the French Empire: Miscegenation and Colonial Society in French West Africa, 1895-1960

Synopsis

This book vividly recreates the lives of the children born of relationships between French men and African women from the time France colonized much of West Africa towards the end of the nineteenth century, until independence in 1960. Set within the context of the history of miscegenation in colonial French West Africa, the study focuses upon the lives and identities of the resulting mixed-race or m¿tis population, and their struggle to overcome the handicaps they faced in a racially divided society. Owen White has drawn a valuable evaluation of the impact and importance of French racial theories, and offers a critical discussion of colonial policies in such areas as citizenship and education, providing original insights into problems of identity in colonial society.
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