From the inception of a the British colony in Kenya in the late 19th nineteenth century, the United States has been intimately involved in the country’s development. African-Americans were particularly attracted to Kenya from early on, not least because the apparent “black-white” conflict there, while symbolizing Africa’s struggle for freedom from European colonialism, also seemed to mirror what they were experiencing in the U.S. The struggle in Kenya symbolized Africa’s struggle for freedom from European colonialism. It was thought that lessons could be learned from Kenya, demonstrated when Malcolm X proclaimed a “Mau Mau in Harlem” might be necessary. To counter Soviet propaganda that suggested that the U.S. was supportive of colonialism, John F. Kennedy was among those who backed a campaign to bring Kenyans to the U.S. for higher education – included among these students was Barack H. Obama, Sr., who was brought to the University of Hawaii. Based on extensive archival research in the U.S., the U.K., and Kenya, this book not only sheds light on the historical forces that created a U.S. President but also the unshakeable bonds that historically have historically conjoined Black America, Africa, and the United States as a whole.Horne offers important context in understanding how a man of Kenyan descent could one day occupy the White House.
'This is a fast-moving, readable account - stunningly well-researched in a wide range of archives on three continents - of hitherto little-known connections between the United States in general, and African-Americans in particular, with the history of the colonization and then liberation of Kenya.' - John Lonsdale, Fellow of Trinity College and Emeritus University Professor of Modern African History, University of Cambridge, UK 'In this detailed but fascinating account of the steady contact between the Kenya colony (later, nation) and the US, Horne demonstrates a closer relationship between the two governments than that of which most Americans are aware... Highly recommended.' - W.Arens, CHOICE
Series: Contemporary Black History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 334
Published: 19th June 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.588