1919-1939 History of West Africa 1961-1991





British Sierra Leone, 1939-1961



After World War II a new constitution was passed (1951) giving the indigenous population a larger share in political representation. It soon turned out that the minority of the descendants of freed slaves, English-speaking and living around Freetown, were overrepresented, at the expense of the various, non-English speaking tribes were underrepresented.
In 1961, Sierra Leone proclaimed independence.






EXTERNAL
FILES
History of Sierra Leone, from Infoplease
DOCUMENTS Colonial Flag, from FOTW
Time May 26th 1942 : Time Trail Sierra Leone
REFERENCE Chapter 36 : Introduction to British West Africa, pp.735-745, in : John Gunther, Inside Africa, NY : Harper & Bros. (1953) 1955 [G]
Article : British West Africa, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1944 pp.131-132, 1945 pp.129-130, 1946 pp.151-152, 1947 pp.154-155, 1948 pp.142-143, 1949 pp.126-128, 1950 pp.130-131, 1951 pp.126-127, 1952 pp.125-126, 1953 pp.125-126, 1954 pp.125-127, 1955 pp.184-185, 1956 pp.123-124 [G]
Article : Sierra Leone, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1957 pp.654-655, 1958 pp.625-626, 1959 pp.618-619, 1960 p.621, 1961 p.626 [G]
Article : West Africa - Sierra Leone, in : Statesman's Year Book 1943 pp.250-254 [G]
Article : Sierra Leone, in : Americana Annual 1940 p.709, 1943 pp.657-658, 1944 pp.634-635 [G]
Article : British West Africa, in : Americana Annual 1945 pp.117-119, 1946 pp.126-129, 1947 pp.103-104 [G]
Article : British West Africa - Sierra Leone, in : Americana Annual 1957 pp.105-108 [G]
Article : Sierra Leone, in : New International Year Book Events of 1940 p.678, 1941 pp.591-592, 1942 pp.621-622, 1943 p.570, 1944 pp.551-552 [G]
Article : British West Africa, in : New International Year Book Events of 1945 pp.86-87 [G]
Article : British West Africa, in : Funk & Wagnall's New Standard Encyclopedia Year Book 1946 p.83, 1952 p.79
Article : Sierra Leone, in : Funk & Wagnall's New Standard Encyclopedia Year Book 1952 p.368, 1961 p.305 [G]



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