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This chapter analyzes Senghor’s parliamentary campaign to transform the Fourth Republic’s French Union into a truly democratic federation, a union of peoples that would include former colonies as freely associated member states in a novel transcontinental political formation. Such a formation, he hoped, would allow Africans to obtain self-determination without the need for state sovereignty. The chapter discusses this never-realized constitutional initiative in relation to Senghor’s contemporaneous writings about politics, culture, and civilization. It also relates his federalism to his vision of “Eurafrique.” It argues that for Senghor, a federal democracy was as necessary for postwar France as it would...

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