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8. The Radical African Atlantic, 1930–1933: Writing Class, Thinking Race

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The International Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers (ITUCNW) or Hamburg Committee was projected by the comrades at the headquarters of the Comintern and RILU to serve as their tool and mouthpiece in the African colonies and the Caribbean. In the continental orientation of the Comintern's and the RILU's organizational hierarchy, the ITUCNW and its Secretariat in Hamburg, the so-called Negersekretariat ('Negro Secretariat'), was on the lowest level of the RILU's international order. The Hamburg Committee received orders and instructions from Moscow, Berlin and Hamburg and could only issue pleas and criticism to others. This chapter highlights two central aspects of the radical African Atlantic; its dimension and extension. It discusses about Ford's and Padmore's networks being reconstructed and the African dimension of the ITUCNW. The chapter then outlines the activities in the four British West African colonies.

Keywords: 'Negro Secretariat'; British West African colonies; Comintern; Hamburg Committee; ITUCNW; radical African Atlantic; RILU's organizational hierarchy

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