Britain Queen Colonialism's Shadow

Some of the many Kikuyu tribesmen who were detained as Mau Mau suspects after the forced evacuation of Kikuyus accused of squatting on European farms in the Thomson’s Falls area, Kenya, wait to be transported on Nov. 30, 1952. The enclosure is surrounded by barbed wire. The tall structure seen in center background is one of the portable gallows brought from Nairobi for hangings. — AP Photo, File

Elizabeth Kolsky is associate professor of history and faculty director of the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University. She is the author of “Colonial Justice in British India: White Violence and the Rule of Law.” Special to The Washington Post

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