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We Were All Slaves: African Miners, Culture, and Resistance at the Enugu Government Colliery Carolyn A. Brown

We Were All Slaves: African Miners, Culture, and Resistance at the Enugu Government Colliery

Carolyn A. Brown

Published March 11th 2003
ISBN : 9780325070063
Paperback
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 inMoreThis 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.