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Title:Race relations and politics in colonial Zambia: the Elwell incident
Author:Rotberg, R.I.ISNI
Year:1965
Periodical:Race
Volume:7
Issue:1
Pages:17-29
Language:English
Geographic term:Zambia
Subject:racism
Abstract:This article describes the clash between Archibald H. Elwell, the Protectorate's first Social Welfare Officer, and the Government of Northern Rhodesia. Elwell's mission was to develop an official approach to the amelioration of the condition of urban Africans. His appointment embodied the helpful, if probing, response of the Colonial Office to the problems of race relations in emergent Northern Rhodesia. He arrived in Kitwe in 1945 where he befriended Jason Achiume, a Tonga from Nyasaland who worked for the Kitwe Township Management Board as a 'welfare assistant' and who was the moving spirit behind the Kitwe African Society. Elwell's address to 600 members of the KAS, in which he indicated improvement in their standard of living by forming trade unions, was seen by the Government as to exceed Elwell's duties. Elwell was removed from the Copperbelt, Achiume was dismissed. But Africans already organized them selves politically and within two years the British Government helped them to form a trade union of mineworkers. References.
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