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Africa's rich written history begins during the Egyptian Civilization. The challenge of documenting Africa's history is that there are periods of time that were not written down. African History will help you understand Africa and get to know it as we do. There is much to love there and of course so much to learn.

Christianity vs. Islam in Africa: A 19th Century Debate

Christianity had failed, announced Reverend Isaac Taylor, Canon of York, to a British audience in 1897. It had failed to civilize the savage, barbarous...

Sundiata: A Slightly Irreverent Version of Mali’s Last Conqueror

The truth is that Sundiata was never a twinkle in his father's eye. No, King Maghan Kon Fatta only married Sundiata's mother because a...

Beatrice Kimpa Vita

Beatrice Kimpa Vita, often called Dona Beatrice, was burned at the stake as a heretic in 1706 for attempting to create a uniquely African...

Helen Suzman: Beating Apartheid from Within

Although Helen Suzman is not as well known as Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, or Nelson Mandela, she played a pivotal role in re-fashioning South...

The Uganda-Tanzania War: The Ousting from Power of Idi Amin

In a war that begun in 1978 and ended the year after Tanzania directly backed and fought with Ugandan forces and successfully overthrew...

Land Seizure, Land Reform and Land Grab in Africa

Land has been at the center of human existence, civilization and development for millennia. It was because of this critical importance of land to...

Apocalypse and Resistance

In the West in the 20th Century, many people may consider religious leaders to be nuts, but they are rarely committed to mental institutions,...

Male Daughters, Female Husbands

One of the aspects of Western society that has long disturbed me is the distinct division in gender identities. When any of my students...

The Sphere of Influence Theory in Colonial Africa

The concept of sphere of influence was the direct outcome of European partition of Africa in Berlin in 1884. In the years leading to...

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Autobiography Detailing Slavery History, Escape, Freedom and...

In the autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the author details portions of slavery history in this compelling first-person account. Slavery history is...
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