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Citizenship between Empire and NationRemaking France and French Africa, 1945-1960$
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Frederick Cooper

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161310

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161310.001.0001

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From Overseas Territory to Member State

From Overseas Territory to Member State

Constitution and Conflict, 1958

(p.279) Chapter 6 From Overseas Territory to Member State
Citizenship between Empire and Nation

Frederick Cooper

Princeton University Press

This chapter begins by considering Léopold Sédar Senghor's argument that French West Africans should unite in a “primary federation” that would in turn be part of a confederation of equal nations, including European France. Not all in Africa agreed with Senghor, but by 1958, the cry of “African Unity” had become practically ubiquitous. However, African political leaders faced a double problem in reconciling African unity with the realities of post-loi-cadre Africa. The tensions between a political reality in which territory played a large part and an ideal of a strong and united Africa taking its place in the world would frame political debates among African political elites for the next several years.

Keywords:   Léopold Sédar Senghor, French West Africans, equal nations, European France, African unity, post-loi-cadre Africa, African political elites

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