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X-Posted from H-NET List for African History and Culture <H-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU> From: Joyce Youmans <youmans@MAIL.H-NET.MSU.EDU> ________ QUERY From: "clapperton mavhunga" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Mon, May 17, 2010 11:34 pm Could colleagues be so kind and generous to point me to sources on the African role in colonial road-cutting, bridge-making, motor vehicle uses, ownership, and responses; African role as ship-crew, dockworkers, etc? I am looking for any kind of help that can enable me to write my book focusing on a transnational history of the technological development of roads & bridges linking the coasts of Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Angola and the Congo and the tapestry of trunk roads, railways, telephone, and electricity lines between them. I am therefore appreciative of any references to published work (books, journal articles, magazines, newsletters, postcards, DVDs and videos, newspapers) and unpublished sources. Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Assistant Professor, Program in STS, MIT, email@example.com ________ REPLY From: "Akurang-Parry, Kwabena" <KAParr@ship.edu> Date: Tue, May 18, 2010 10:00 am Chakanetsa, For comparative historiographies, you may see my articles, especially no. 4, and those of others listed below. Thanks. Kwabena. --------------------------------------------- 1. Kwabena Akurang-Parry, "'The Loads are Heavier than Usual': Female Forced Labor in the Central Province, Gold Coast (Colonial Ghana) ca. 1900-1940," African Economic History, 30 (2001), 31-51. 2. Kwabena Akurang-Parry, "'With a Load on His Head and Nothing in His Hands': The Opposition of the Gold Coast (Ghana) Press to the Compulsory Labor Ordinance, 1895-ca. 1899," Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana New Series, 4 & 5 (2000-2001), 83-104. 3. Kwabena Akurang-Parry, "`We Cast About for a Remedy': The Opposition of the Gold Coast Press to the Chinese Mine Labor Experiment in the Gold Coast, ca. 1874-1914," The International Journal of African Historical Studies, 34, 2 (2001), 365-384. 4. Kwabena Akurang-Parry, "Colonial Forced Labor Strategies for Road-Building in the Gold Coast (Southern Ghana) and International Anti-Forced Labor Pressures, 1900-1940." African Economic History, 28 (2000), 1-25. See also: 1. Robin Law, "Between the Sea and the Lagoons" The Interaction of Maritime and Inland Navigation on the Precolonial Slave Coast, Cahiers d'Etudes africaines, 114 (1989), 209 2. Jim Silver, "The Failure of European Mining Companies in the Nineteenth-Century Gold Coast," Journal of African History 22 (1981), 512-529 3. General histories have information on some of the materials. See, for example, David Kimble, A Political History of Ghana: The Rise of Gold Coast Nationalism, 1850-1928 (Oxford, 1963), etc.