Mau Mau's Children: The Making Of Kenya's Postcolonial Elite by David P. SandgrenMau Mau's Children: The Making Of Kenya's Postcolonial Elite by David P. Sandgren

Mau Mau's Children: The Making Of Kenya's Postcolonial Elite

byDavid P. SandgrenForeword byThomas Spear

Paperback | August 6, 2012

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In 1963 David P. Sandgren went to Kenya to teach in a small, rural school for boys, where he remained for the next four years. These were heady times for Kenyans, as the nation gained its independence, approved a new constitution, and held its first elections. In the school where Sandgren taught, the sons of Gikuyu farmers rose to the challenges of this post colonial era and, in time, entered Kenyan society as adults, joining Kenya’s first generation of post colonial elites.
    In Mau Mau’s Children, Sandgren has reconnects with these former students. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews, he provides readers with a collective biography of the lives of Kenya’s first postcolonial elite, stretching from their 1940s childhood to the peak of their careers in the 1990s. Through these interviews, Mau Mau’s Children shows the trauma of growing up during the Mau Mau Rebellion, the nature of nationalism in Kenya, the new generational conflicts arising, and the significance of education and Gikuyu ethnicity on his students' path to success.

David P. Sandgren is professor of history at Concordia College–Moorhead in Minnesota. He is the author of Christianity and the Kikuyu: Religious Divisions and Social Conflict.
Title:Mau Mau's Children: The Making Of Kenya's Postcolonial EliteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:August 6, 2012Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:029928784X

ISBN - 13:9780299287849


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


    Thomas Spear



List of Abbreviations


1 Late Colonial Childhoods

2 Entering Secondary Education

3 Confronting the Cambridge Exams

4 Making a Career

5 Entering an Economic Elite

6 Personal Life in Elite Circles

7 Reflections on the Next Generation

Appendix: Cohort Profiles




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