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Title:Africanism: the Freetown contribution
Author:Hair, P.E.H.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Abstract:Internal factors - the historical and social traditions of the African continent in distant centuries - and external influences - from Europe or North America, affecting chiefly those few Africans who travelled overseas, and operating only since the middle decades of the last century - have directly or indirectly encouraged expressions of those modern movements of political and cultural assertion which are allegedly centred on peculiar African circumstances or peculiar African principles of traditional culture, conveniently summed up as 'Africanism'. Directing attention to a historical development which lies between, and to some extent overlaps, these two categories the author examines the history of one of the earliest established 'modernising' communities in Africa, Freetown, from where ideas of cultural self-assertion and consequent political nationalism, during the nineteenth century, were first evolved. Notes.