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David E. Apter Collection

This online exhibition represents the photographic work of David E. Apter, the Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Comparative Political and Social Development Emeritus at Yale. The photographs were taken to complement field research on African nationalism and the transition to independence from 1952 to 1960. They represent ordinary life during the last and final years of colonialism when expectations for a bright political future were running high, and the political and social complexities of life in a post-colonial world has not yet struck home.