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Title:Reading, Writing and Rallies: The Politics of 'Freedom' in Southern British Togoland, 1953-1956
Author:Skinner, KateISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:48
Issue:1
Period:March
Pages:123-147
Language:English
Geographic terms:British Togoland
Ghana
Subjects:political unification
decolonization
political attitudes
propaganda
Ewe
colonialism
History and Exploration
nationalism
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4415AFDD2221162A3843
Abstract:Examples of chant, song and written propaganda from the mid-1950s are examined here in order to probe the debates and relationships which influenced the political future of the Ewe-speaking areas of southern British Togoland. While microstudies have been important in explaining sources of division between communities in these areas, propaganda provides a means of understanding the arguments, idioms and ideas about the State which brought many different people together behind the apparently peculiar project of Togoland reunification. The main source of tension within this political movement was not competing local or communal interests, but the unequal relationships that resulted from uneven provision of education. Written and oral propaganda texts, and the rallies where they were performed and exchanged, point to a surprisingly participatory and eclectic political culture, where distinctions between the lettered and unlettered remained fluid and open to challenge. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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