Gambian Newsletters

Scope and Content

Two issues of The Nation, an anti-government newsletter, 17th February and 3rd March 1979; three issues of the pro-government The Gambia News Bulletin, 20th and 24th February, and 1st March 1979; series of six strongly anti-government typescript pamphlets, c1979.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1979 the Gambia was ruled by Sir Dawda K. Jawara's People's Progressive Party. Dr. Jawara had come to power as Prime Minister after independence in 1965 and been elected President twice (1972 and 1977) after a referendum voted the country a republic in 1970. A declining economy and disaffection amongst the military led to an abortive coup in 1981, and Jawara's eventual deposition, again by the military, in 1994 after the short-lived military and economic confederation of Senegambia in the 1980s.

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Bodleian reader's ticket required.


Collection level description created by Paul Davidson, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Other Finding Aids

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Conditions Governing Use

No reproduction or publication of papers without permission. Contact thelibrary in the first instance.

Custodial History

The newsletters were sent to the donor by a friend in the Gambia, 1979.