Kwame Nkrumah: Visions of Liberation (Ohio Short Histories of Africa) (Paperback)
Jeffrey S. Ahlman is an associate professor of history and director of African studies at Smith College. He is the author of Living with Nkrumahism: Nation, State, and Pan-Africanism in Ghana (Ohio University Press, 2017) and coeditor of the journal Ghana Studies.
“An excellent assessment of Nkrumah and his historical life and political project.”—Journal of Modern African Studies
“Jeffrey S. Ahlman’s [book] describes Kwame Nkrumah as a man—and a mind—in motion. Placing Nkrumah’s evolution into the context of the political shifts and ideological debates of the twentieth century, Ahlman steadily fleshes out the question of who Nkrumah was and why his name continues to ring throughout the African continent and beyond. Along the way he traces Nkrumah’s influences across continents and oceans, capturing the glory and pathos of this most-storied icon.”—Abena Ampofoa Asare, associate professor, Africana studies, Stony Brook University
“Jeffrey Ahlman takes us through the diverse stages of Kwame Nkrumah’s life, navigating his personal experiences via the specific global contexts that marked each era. Turn-of-the-century colonial infiltration into the African continent; global depression and war; antiracism and anticolonial resistance in the United States and Britain; and postcolonial pan-Africanism form a concrete stage for the imagination of one man from Nkroful. This is at once the story of Nkrumah’s vision for Africa and for Ghana and of Ghana’s ever-evolving rendering of Nkrumah.”—Leslie James, senior lecturer in global history, Queen Mary University of London
“Even for the student of Ghanaian history and politics, Kwame Nkrumah is an enigmatic figure at once lionized as a hero of African liberation and pan-Africanism, and dismissed as an authoritarian strongman. Drawing on his extensive work on early postcolonial Ghana, Jeffrey Ahlman presents a fresh and compelling portrait of Nkrumah, highlighting his unlikely rise to political leadership, capturing the scale of his ambitions, and documenting the internal contradictions of his political project.”—Adom Getachew, author of Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination