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Tragedy and Vindication for Colonial Kenya: Faculty Insight with Caroline Elkins

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Uploaded on Dec 8, 2011

As a historian, what if you took the entire premise of your research and turned it upside down? What if what you found was not a story of rehabilitation, but a story of torture, murder, and massive cover-up?

Ten years of work by Caroline Elkins, a professor of history at Harvard University, exposed a massive cover-up by the British Empire in colonial Kenya. What was billed as a rehabilitation program during the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950's was in fact widespread torture and murder of the Kikuyu people.

Elkins sits down with Jenny Attiyeh of ThoughtCast to discuss her research and her role as an expert witness in the landmark court case of a group of elderly Kenyan's seeking reparations from the British government.

Elkins teaches the online course "Africa and Africans: The Making of a Continent in the Modern World," http://www.extension.harvard.edu/cour....

Her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya," is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Imperial-Reckon....

Faculty Insights are produced in partnership with ThoughtCast, http://www.thoughtcast.org.

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