"We were all slaves": African miners, culture, and resistance at the Enugu government colliery

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Heinemann, 2003 - Business & Economics - 354 pages
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This book documents an important, but understudied, sector of a West African working class. The coal miners of the Enugu Government colliery became nationalist icons for many Nigerians following a colonial government massacre of striking miners in 1949. Carolyn Brown argues that the experiences of these miners deserve to be studied as something more than appendages to the political history of the birth of the Nigerian nation. Through the lens of gender, race, and class, she documents the tumultuous history of the Enugu miners and reveals how they developed characteristics of self-awareness and class-consciousness similar to those of their Western counterparts in British or North American mines.

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Contents

THE CONTESTED BIRTH
27
Agitation Urbanization and
139
THE ECLIPSE OF COLONIAL PRODUCTION
177
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About the author (2003)

CAROLYN A. BROWN is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University where she is also the Director of the Center for African Studies. In addition to her work on Nigerian coal miners, she has published articles on African labor processes in the colonial workplace and African working class masculinity.