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Exporting American DreamsThurgood Marshall's African Journey$
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Mary L. Dudziak

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691152448

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691152448.001.0001

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A Tricky Constitution

A Tricky Constitution

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Exporting American Dreams

Mary L. Dudziak

Princeton University Press

This chapter details events following Marshall's arrival in Africa in 1960. As an African American activist traveling to a rigidly controlled colony with the objective of aiding the nationalists, he was fortunate to get a visa. Once in Kenya, he would face colonial government restrictions on his activities. Nonetheless, going to Kenya gave Marshall a chance to step outside of it all, to make new connections. Although it might seem strange for an American lawyer with no previous experience with African law to serve as an expert at Kenya's constitutional deliberations, Marshall had something that an “underdeveloped” region like Kenya was thought to need: expertise in a “developed” legal system.

Keywords:   Thurgood Marshall, Africa, Kenya, social change, Britain, colonialism, African American activist, legal system

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