A Most Promising Weed
A History of Tobacco Farming and Labor in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1890–1945

By Steven C. Rubert

A Most Promising Weed examines the work experience, living conditions, and social relations of thousands of African men, women, and children on European-owned tobacco farms in colonial Zimbabwe from 1890 to 1945. Steven C. Rubert provides evidence that Africans were not passive in their responses to the penetration of European capitalism into Zimbabwe but, on the contrary, helped to shape both the work and living conditions they encountered as they entered wage employment.

Beginning with a brief history of tobacco growing in Zimbabwe, this study focuses on the organization of workers' compounds and on the paid and unpaid labor performed by both women and children on those farms.


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In Series

Research in International Studies, Africa Series, № 69

Related Subjects

African Studies · Business and Economics · African History · Food Studies · History · Childhood · African Child

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Paperback

978-0-89680-203-2
Retail price: $29.95, S.
Release date: Oct. 1998
292 pages
Rights: World

Electronic

978-0-89680-411-1
Release date: Oct. 1998
≅ 292 pages