chapter  I
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THE GOLD COAST NATION AND NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS

IT is strenuously asserted by rash and irresponsible literaliats that the Gold Coast, with its multiform composition of congeries of States or Provinces, independent of each other, divided by complex political institutions, laws and customs, and speaking agreat variety of languages—could not be described as a nation in th e eminent sense of the word. The term, it is urged, presupposes in its connotation, the existence of a homogeneous community included in or bounded by one vast Realm, governed and controlled by one potent sovereign, and possessed of one constitution, one common tongue. But the objection appears to us to be purely academic, and is obviously advanced without sufficient regard to practical considerations. In spite therefore of the dogmas and ipse dixits of those wiseacres who would Inin deny to us, as Il people, the inalienable heritage of nationulity, we da re affinn, with sanctity of reason and with the emphasis of conviction, that NATION. It may be "il miserable, mangled, tortured, twisted tertium quid," OI' , to quote a higher authority, a Xation ce scattered and peeled a Xation meted out and trodden dO\\'IJ ," but still a Natiou. lf we were 110t, it was time to invent one; for {\Ily series of States in the sume locality, howcvor extensive, may at I1n.)' time be merged into a natiou. ,re have Il. natiou, aud what is more, we have a Past—"thollgh ungruced in story." ution, a concentric sys tem of government, of one Hace, boru aud bred upon 0lU' own soil. ',"ith the Akau languuge oue cun eover a seuboard 350 mi les in extent, and an artat of l05,HCO square miles, more 01' less . The so-called luuguages ma)" perhaps be simply regarded as so many dinlects, often mere Provinciulisms. But why continue?