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Elisa von Joeden-Forgey (Ed.)
The Case of the Prince from Cameroon The newly discovered Speech for the Defense by Dr. M. Levi
Bd. 44, 2002, 152 S., 15.90 EUR, 15.90 CHF, br., ISBN 3-8258-7354-4
This book publishes for the first time in English the full and expanded text of a 1905 defense speech that resulted in the remarkable acquittal of a German colonial subject, "Crown Prince" Mpundu Akwa, in a metropolitan court. Dr. Moses Levi used his speech to defend brilliantly the young Cameroonian against charges of fraud and in the process to critique the entire German colonial system. At a time when Germany's colonial project was being called into question, the trial and the defense speech were politically explosive.
Moses Levi's defense speech is a courageous and fascinating document humain - one that offers broad insight into the world of colonialism, race and power at the turn of the century.