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Title:'May it please Your Honor': letters of petition as historical evidence in an African colonial context
Author:Korieh, Chima J.ISNI
Periodical:History in Africa (ISSN 1558-2744)
Geographic term:Nigeria
colonial administration
colonial policy
World War II
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/history_in_africa/v037/37.1.korieh.pdf
Abstract:This paper presents some preliminary conclusions drawn from an ongoing project which aims to collect and collate letters of petitions in colonial Nigeria as primary source for historians and other scholars. The goal is to show the potential use of petitions as a foundation for gauging African reactions and responses to colonialism focusing on the petitions that emerged during World War II in colonial eastern Nigeria. The paper is based on the collection of petitions located at the National Archives of Nigeria at Enugu written by people living in the rural and urban areas in colonial eastern Nigeria during that period. Mainly addressed to District Officers from within the region, they reflect the concerns of individuals and groups as they relate to the crisis engendered by World War II and the policies and controls imposed by officials to bolster the British war effort. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]