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Mau Mau's Children: The Making of Kenya's Postcolonial Elite (Africa and the Diaspora: History, Politics, Culture)

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In 1963 David P. Sandgren went to Kenya to teach in a small, rural school for boys, where he remained for the next four years. These were heady times for Kenyans, as the nation gained its independence, approved a new constitution, and held its first elections. In the school where Sandgren taught, the sons of Gikuyu farmers rose to the challenges of this post colonial era and, in time, entered Kenyan society as adults, joining Kenya’s first generation of post colonial elites.

    In Mau Mau’s Children, Sandgren has reconnects with these former students. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews, he provides readers with a collective biography of the lives of Kenya’s first postcolonial elite, stretching from their 1940s childhood to the peak of their careers in the 1990s. Through these interviews, Mau Mau’s Children shows the trauma of growing up during the Mau Mau Rebellion, the nature of nationalism in Kenya, the new generational conflicts arising, and the significance of education and Gikuyu ethnicity on his students' path to success.

About the Author

David P. Sandgren is professor of history at Concordia College–Moorhead in Minnesota. He is the author of Christianity and the Kikuyu: Religious Divisions and Social Conflict.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword

    Thomas Spear

Preface

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

 

Introduction

1 Late Colonial Childhoods

2 Entering Secondary Education

3 Confronting the Cambridge Exams

4 Making a Career

5 Entering an Economic Elite

6 Personal Life in Elite Circles

7 Reflections on the Next Generation

 

Appendix: Cohort Profiles

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299287849
Author:
Sandgren, David P.
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Author:
Spear, Thomas
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Africa and the Diaspora
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 b/w photos
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in

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