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Colonial Meltdown: Northern Nigeria in the Great Depression

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Since exacting dwindling wealth in a time of severe economic downturn required a host of increasingly repressive practices, this policy had devastating consequences for Northern Nigerians who were themselves suffering economically, and led to a variety of actions on their parts aimed at improving their own economic positions and undermining colonial depredations. Young men migrated to Western Nigeria to work on cocoa farms and, upon their return home, introduced wage labor in farming to new parts of Northern Nigeria Rather than buy British imports, women reinvigorated local cloth industries after Japanese textiles fell victim to protectionist empire-only marketing schemes.

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