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Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula And The Formation Of ZANC/UNIP: A Reinterpretation

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In pursuance of the intellectual agenda first laid out in the introduction to One Zambia, Many Histories, this chapter problematizes current understandings of Zambian nationalism by taking a fresh look at the activities of Harry Nkumbula, the president of the African National Congress (ANC) of Northern Rhodesia, in the 1950s. It focuses on the polyvalence of Nkumbula's thought and on the conflicting nature of the social forces that shaped the pattern of his political engagement. The chapter examines the dynamics of the anti-federal battle and the practical examples of inequality and oppression by which it was fired. It shows that from the early 1950s onwards Nkumbula's politics were built around two potentially contradictory principles of affiliation. Building upon these conclusions, the chapter presents an extended exercise in source criticism.

Keywords:African National Congress (ANC); anti-federal battle; Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula; Northern Rhodesia; One Zambia, Many Histories; Zambian nationalism



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