Contribution to a history of the workers' movement in Africa

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Contribution to a history of the workers' movement in Africa
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The African continent has a

The African continent has a long history of workers' struggles. Of course, the workers' movement there has faced a number of particular challenges owing to that continent's particular experience of colonialism, racial exclusion and particularly brutal forms of labor exploitation (forced, bonded and semi-bonded labor, etc. that lasted deep into the twentieth century and probably still continues in places). However, we should be careful not to lose the specificity of particular areas of the continent. The article is mostly about the former French colonies, but the former British colonies have a "labor history" in their own right, owing to the particularly heavy weight of British, Asian and other European immigration to places like Kenya, Rhodesia and South Africa. Of course, I once had an African History Professor tell me there was no "white working-class" in South Africa. The history of the relationship between the working-class of these various extractions and their black African class brothers and sisters demands more attention, as does the effects of this history on the workers' struggles in these countries today.