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The South Africa Reader: History, Culture, Politics (World Readers)by Clifton (edt) Crais
Synopses & Reviews
The South Africa Reader is an extraordinarily rich guide to the history, culture, and politics of South Africa. With more than eighty absorbing selections, the Reader provides many perspectives on the countryand#39;s diverse peoples, its first two decades as a democracy, and the forces that have shaped its history and continue to pose challenges to its future, particularly violence, inequality, and racial discrimination. Among the selections are folktales passed down through the centuries, statements by seventeenth-century Dutch colonists, the songs of mine workers, a widowand#39;s testimony before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and a photo essay featuring the acclaimed work of Santu Mofokeng. Cartoons, songs, and fiction are juxtaposed with iconic documents, such as andquot;The Freedom Charterandquot; adopted in 1955 by the African National Congress and its allies and Nelson Mandelaand#39;s andquot;Statement from the Dockandquot; in 1964. Cacophonous voicesandmdash;those of slaves and indentured workers, African chiefs and kings, presidents and revolutionariesandmdash;invite readers into ongoing debates about South Africaand#39;s past and present and what exactly it means to be South African.
More than eighty absorbing texts and images shed light on South Africa's diverse peoples, its first two decades as a democracy, and the forces that have shaped its history and pose challenges to its future.
About the Author
Clifton Crais is Professor of History and Director of African Studies at Emory University. He is the author of Poverty, War and Violence in South Africa; Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography (with Pamela Scully); and The Politics of Evil: Magic, Power and the Political Imagination in South Africa.
Thomas V. McClendon is Professor of History at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He is the author of White Chief, Black Lords: Shepstone and the Colonial State in Natal, South Africa, 1845andndash;1878 and Genders and Generations Apart: Labor Tenants and Customary Law in Segregation-Era South Africa, 1920s to 1940s.
Table of Contents
A Note on Style xi
I. African Worlds, African Voices 9
II. Colonial Settlement, Slavery, and Peonage 33
III. Frontiers 87
IV. All That Glitters 123
V. United and Divided 197
VI. Apartheid and the Struggle for Freedom 279
VII. From Soweto to Liberation 357
VIII. Transitions and Reconiliations 473
Suggestions for Further Reading 585
Acknowledgment of Copyrights and Sources 591
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