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Title:Colonial Forced Labor Policies for Road-Building in Southern Ghana and International Anti-Forced Labor Pressures, 1900-1940
Author:Akurang-Parry, Kwabena O.ISNI
Year:2000
Periodical:African Economic History
Volume:28
Pages:1-25
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ghana
Great Britain
Subjects:colonialism
abolition of slavery
forced labour
road construction
History and Exploration
Labor and Employment
Development and Technology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3601647
Abstract:This study deals with the dialectics of forced labour and roadbuilding in colonial southern Ghana between 1900 and 1940. Specifically, it examines how the colonial State responded to the crusading pressures of the Anti-Slavery Society, the Aborigines Protection Society (APS), the League of Nations, and the ILO to abolish unfree labour forms. The author argues that the colonial State employed different labour ordinances and labour recruiting strategies between 1900 and 1940 to rationalize the use of forced labour, and that such intermittent labour policies were used to assuage the recurring international antislavery and anti-forced labour pressures and concerns. The first part of the study probes missing links and nuances in the colonial reports on forced labour, the primary sources for the study. The second part examines the efforts of the colonial State to implement forced labour policies to satisfy the increasing international anti-forced labour pressures. Overall, the paradox of the colonial situation enabled the colonial State to exploit forced labour while apparently championing free labour. Notes, ref.
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