White mineworkers on the Copperbelt, 1940-1945
What is it about?
This article looks at how the Copperbelt in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) was linked to other mining centres around the world by exploring the experiences of transient white mineworkers and the industrial unrest they provoked.
Why is it important?
The events of this period show that seemingly contradictory trends of industrial militancy, political radicalism and racial exclusivity could happily co-exist in this period in the international labour movement. These trends heavily influenced the thinking of white mineworkers in the wave of wartime industrial unrest, the consequences of which dominated the Copperbelt for the next two decades.
The following have contributed to this page: Mr Duncan J Money