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Author Details Harsh British Rule in Kenya

A detail from the cover of Elkins' book shows a scene from Kenya during British rule in the 1950s.
A detail from the cover of Elkins' book shows a scene from Kenya during British rule in the 1950s.

Caroline Elkins' book Imperial Reckoning exposes a grim period in recent British history. In the 1950s, British authorities in Kenya imprisoned thousands of Kikuyu people who were fighting to end colonial rule. Elkins talks with Jennifer Ludden.

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Jennifer Ludden helps edit energy and environment stories for NPR's National Desk, working with NPR staffers and a team of public radio reporters across the country. They track the shift to clean energy, state and federal policy moves, and how people and communities are coping with the mounting impacts of climate change.