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Course of Our Times, The; Black Africa Gropes for Security

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Course of Our Times, The
Black Africa Gropes for Security
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Historical survey hosted by Abram Sachar, Brandeis University. Series release date: 1973

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“Within Twenty years after World War II more than thirty five tropical African states had achieved independence and sovereignty. Some, especially the British held colonies, made the transition in comparative peace. Others went through a horrendous travail of civil wars, tribal vendettas and foreign intervention that produced years of bloodshed and terror on a scale that threatened the whole of central Africa. The Congo was several times on the brink of complete chaos. Nigeria almost bled to death in the war with Biafra. Rwanda was racked by continuous strife. The influence of centuries of deprivation could not be eliminated by the strike of a pen or a dramatic ceremony. But the blacks were certain that the bloodshed that stained the early years of independence did not represent the pangs of death; they represented the pains of birth.”



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Chicago: “Course of Our Times, The; Black Africa Gropes for Security,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CFFA440631CF4F76860CDD6E7B8B45E8.
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APA: Course of Our Times, The; Black Africa Gropes for Security. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CFFA440631CF4F76860CDD6E7B8B45E8
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