Kwame Nkrumah I

In 1909 Kwame Nkrumah, the founder and leader of modern Ghana, was born in the Gold Coast, the British Colony on the western coast of Africa.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Kwame Nkrumah demonstrated his ability to communicate and organize at an early age. After completing just elementary school, he became a teacher just outside of the city of Nroful. His intelligence and skills were quickly recognized, and he earned a fellowship at the prestigious Prince of Wales College. It was here that he met his mentor, Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey, the school’s assistant vice-president and first African staff member. Aggrey was a vigorous opponent of segregated society, which only fueled Nkrumah’s nationalism. He became convinced that only independence would make possible equal treatment for black Africans.

 

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Bonaparte at Toulon II

Lead: In the fall of 1793, the army of revolutionary France was inspired by the leadership of a 23-year old artillery captain, Napoleon Bonaparte.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: As the revolutionary Reign of Terror spread across France after 1793, many supporters of the Revolution grew disheartened. In Toulon, a port on the Mediterranean coast, they went so far as to ally themselves with the enemy, allowing the British ships to occupy the harbor and town. In response the Committee of Safety in Paris sent an Army to crush the rebels. Slowly, all during the fall, the revolutionary Army extended its control of the hills overlooking the City, preparing for an assault.

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Bonaparte at Toulon I

Lead: In the fall of 1793 at the southern French port of Toulon, a Corsican Captain of Artillery, Napoleon Bonaparte, began his climb to power.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: East of Marseilles on the Mediterranean coast of France lies the historic naval port of Toulon. Since before the Roman era the two nearly land-locked anchorages of Toulon have provided superb protection for commercial and military shipping. By the 1790s the city had been heavily fortified and was the headquarters of the southern fleet of Revolutionary France, yet in 1793 serious cracks had begun to appear in French political unity and Toulon became the center of great conflict.

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