Peasent Revolt in British Africa

Amelia Carey November 6, 2009 at 12:07pm
Fabola 4 71-75
Peasant Revolt in British East Africa: Kenya
• In the early 1950s, violent anti- colonial protest erupted in Kenya, after year of oppression and exploitations by the British.
• The radical nationalism that the colonist were feeling could best exemplified by the Mau Mau rebellion, which was against colonialism in Kenya from 1952-1956.
• The Mau Mau rebellion was a response the many changes brought to the colonies by white settlers. The Land Acquisition act of 1896 and Land Ordinances of 1902 and 1915, redistributed the land in Kenya. It gave the white settlers the fertile profitable land and left many Kenyans landless, and in a disastrous economic state. The land that was left to Kenyans could be taken at any time.
• Many Kenyans were left with no choice but to squat of European land, work on settler’s farms, and follow their demands.
• Some Kenyans went to urban centers for work. Regardless of where they worked they made meager wages, heavily taxed, and were forced to work for Europeans.
• Europeans had all the political power in Kenya, and had no intentions of sharing it.
• Europeans were seen as inferior and racism was rampant in housing, education, employment, etc.
• As a result of Britain being unwilling to change, protest erupted in 1920 and the Young Kikuyu Association (YKA), then it was followed by the Kikuyu Central Association. Then the Kenya Africa Union (KAU) was formed, it was Kenya’s first modern political organization, however no change occurred.
• After WWII, Kenyan’s began to violently protest colonial rule, and attacked white land owners and colonial government workers
• By 1952, colonial government banned all forms of anti- colonial expression, by October 1952, the colonial government proclaimed a state of emergency.
The Mau Mau Uprising
• The Mau Mau revolt was direct reaction to the colonial government ignoring the Kenyan people.
• The revolt was ethnically based, by the...