Victor David Du Bois (1932-1983)

Politics / History / Economy

Victor David Du Bois



From 1962 to 1967 Victor David Du Bois had a particular interest in the nations that once comprised French West Africa. Under a Ford Foundation fellowship he did the field work for a doctoral dissertation on Guinea, where he came into close contact with government, business, and labor leaders, scholars, and others connected with the Guinean political scene. Following undergraduate studies in anthropology, he shifted to the field of political science and received the Ph.D. degree from Princeton University in 1962. He has lectured and written widely on African subjects.


  • Guinea
  • Africa
    • The Trial of Mamadou Dia (1963)
      • Part I: Background of the Case
      • Part II: The Proceedings in Court
      • Part III: Aftermath of the Trial
      • African Ferment. A Comment on Changing Political Leadership and the Decline of the Movement for African Unity
      • The Search for Unity in French-speaking Black Africa
        • Part I: The Founding of the Organisation Commune Africaine et Malgache (O.C.A.M.) (June 1965)
        • Part II: New Bonds Between Ex-French and Ex-Belgian Colonies: The Acceptance of Congo-Léopoldville by the O.C.A.M. (July 1965)
        • Part III: Mauritania’s Disengagement from Black Africa (July 1965)
        • Part IV: Relations Between the “Moderate” and the “Revolutionary” States: The Case of Guinea (August 1965)
      • The Student-Government Conflict in the Ivory Coast: Ivoirien Youth Speaks Up on Foreign Policy (February 1965)
      • Ahmadou’s World. A Case Study of a Voltaic Immigrant to the Ivory Coast (March 1965)
      • Social Aspects of the Urbanization Process in Abidjan. Problems Related to the Explosive Growth of the City
      • Prostitution in the Ivory Coast. A Social Problem and Its Treatment
      • Crime and the Treatment of the Criminal in the Ivory Coast
      • A Visit to An African Prison
      • The Trial of Henry Fanbulleh
        • Part I: Background of the Trial
        • Part II: The Case for the Prosecution
        • Part III: The Defense’s Rebuttal
        • Part IV: The Closing of the Trial
        • Part IV: The Trial in Retrospect
      • The Struggle for Stability in the Upper Volta
        • Part I: The Period Before Independence
        • Part II: The Early Years of Trial, 1960-1965
        • Part III: The Fall of Maurice Yaméogo
        • Part IV: Foreign Reaction to the Overthrow of President Maurice Yaméogo
        • Part IV: The Military Regime of President Sangoulé Lamizana
      • Military Rule and Its Repercussion in West Africa
      • Population Review 1970: Ivory Coast
      • The Economic, Social, And Political Implications of Voltaic Migration to The Ivory Coast
      • Crisis in OCAM
      • African Development Planning
      • A Note On the Republic of Zaire
      • The Death of Kwame Nkrumah
      • The Drought in West Africa
        • Part I: Evolution, Causes and Physical Consequences
        • Part II: Perception, Evaluation, and Response
        • Part III: The Logistics of Relief Operations
      • The Drought in Niger
        • Part I: The Physical and Economic Consequences
        • Part II: The Overthrow of President Hamani Diori
        • Part III: The Flight of the Malian Tuareg
        • Part IV: The New Refugee Camp at Lazaret
      • Food Supply in Mali
      • Former French Black Africa and France
        • Part I: The Continuing Ties
        • Part II: Toward Disengagement
      • Note on the Sahel
      • “Native” and “Non-Native” in Sierra Leone Law
      • Local Languages and Literacy in West Africa
      • Soldiers as Policymakers in Nigeria
      • Review of Serfs, Peasants and Socialists: A Former Serf Village in the Republic of Guinea

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West Africa Series. Volume VIII, 1965-1966

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