What is it about?

In October 1924, Paul Scott Mowrer, a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Daily News based in Paris, convinced his employers that an interview with Abd-el-Krim, the leader of the Rifian uprising against the Spanish in northern Morocco, would provide original and interesting copy for American readers. This article deals with Mowrer’s difficult trek from French Morocco into the Rifian heartland, his observations concerning the Rifian environment and Abdel- Krim’s movement and his two-hour interview with the Rifian leader.

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Why is it important?

This essay is one of the very few discussions of this particular interview.


This essay is based on Mowrer's own notes and articles he published in the Chicago Daily News and his autobiography.

Shannon Fleming
University of Wisconsin

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This page is a summary of: The first ‘American among the Riffi’: Paul Scott Mowrer’s October 1924 interview with Abd-el-Krim, The Journal of North African Studies, May 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13629387.2019.1623030.
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