Sétif and Guelma

To the native Algerians the Americans and their attitudes were a breath of fresh air, and words like “chewing gum” actually entered the local vernacular. President Roosevelt himself also gave de Gaulle’s mustache a hard yank by publicly suggesting that World War II really was about global liberties, rather than just defeating the Axis. By […]

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Carrying the Torch

As Algerian resistance to the imposed status quo grew in the post war years, two major figures emerged to offer their own distinct visions of a more equitable Algeria, Ferhat Abbas and Ahmed Ben Messali Hadj. Tragically, both men would live long enough to see their hopes for Algeria dashed. In his double breasted suits, […]

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Looking for a Country

As time rolled on and France traded a monarchy for a republic, and a republic for an empire, the policy towards Algeria remained consistent. Still under military rule, the French would expand their reach outwards, dividing and conquering the neighbors. This or that pretext was used to launch another round of Razzia into another community, […]

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Whisked Off to War

To understand just how the war in Algeria began, it is worth stepping back to understand how the French had moved in to Algeria in 1830, and the immediate tone of the relationship. Algeria had been Ottoman territory for almost 300 years by then, originally conquered by the feared ginger corsair Hayreddin Barbarossa[1] and his […]

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Toussaint Rouge

October 31, 1954 must have seemed a little mundane in Algeria. Granted, there was about one terrorist attack each week, but the last real major burst of violence was almost a decade behind the French, Arab, and Berber communities in Algeria. That night, one of the local football teams in Khenchela fought it out on […]

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