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Title:Forced Labor in British West Africa: Case of Northern Territories of Gold Coast, 1906-1927
Author:Thomas, Roger G.
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:contract labour
Labor and Employment
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/180778
Abstract:It has been argued that forced labour in British West Africa, as opposed to that in French territories, did not extent to recruitment for commercial companies. However, at various times between 1906 and the 1920s, the Northern Territories Protectorate of the Gold Coast provided an example of a British administration in West Africa which, while not recruiting solely for commercial companies, did associate forced recruitment for the privately owned mines (the gold mines of the Tarkwa-Prestea area of the Gold Coast Colony) with its programme of recruitment for government purposes. This article examines the nature of this recruitment and the reasons for the breakdown of the system (when the high death rate among labourers at the mines was revealed), in the context of an uneasy relationship between mines and government, and of the government's own recruitment policies. Notes, summary.