Rassemblement Democratique Africain
Spencer, Robert Burns
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In this paper I will attempt to describe the growth and activities of the Rassemblement Democratique Africain, or RDA. This African political party was the major indigenous political force in French West Africa and parts of French Equatorial Africa from 1946 to 1958, when it was broken into its territorial sections by the French policy of balkanization of Africa and disputes among its own leaders. During this period the RDA built a mass party, opposed the colonial power and its allies, the official chiefs, sent representatives to the French National Assembly, and, finally, assumed power in much of what had been French Africa.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.