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Book Title
Promise And Despair
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9781431423750
Promise and Despair:The first struggle for a Non-racial South Africa. Most people believe that black South Africansobtained the vote for the first time in 1994. Infact, for almost a century suitably qualified blackpeople had enjoyed the vote in the Cape andNatal, and in certain constituencies had decidedthe outcome of parliamentary elections. Littlewonder, then, that when the first South Africacame about in 1910, black people were keen tosee the principle of non-racialism entrenched inthe constitution that was drawn up for the newUnion. This is the story of that struggle. Its centrepieceis a lively account of the delegation that travelledto London in mid-1909 to lobby for a non-racialconstitution. Led by a famous white lawyerand former prime minister of the Cape, WillSchreiner, brother of the novelist Olive Schreiner,it included some of the great African andColoured leaders of the day, who were perhapsequal in stature to the great black leaders whohelped found the second South Africa in 1994.The story played out in London, Cape Town and Pretoria; but its outcome was theresult, too, of protests in India and of debates in England and Australia. Many of theAfricans involved in this story went on to found the African National Congress, butthere were other participants, including MK Gandhi, whose own fight for the rightsof Indian people in South Africa is woven into this story. The book concludes with adiscussion of why Gandhi was finally able to leave South Africa in 1914 victorious,while other parties and movements, including the ANC, were unable to resist thetide of white racism. This is the story of the founding of the first South Africa, with all its promise anddespair.Author Martin Plaut ISBN 9781431423750Format PaperbackPages 254p.

Promise and Despair:The first struggle for a Non-racial South Africa.

Most people believe that black South Africansobtained the vote for the first time in 1994. Infact, for almost a century suitably qualified blackpeople had enjoyed the vote in the Cape andNatal, and in certain constituencies had decidedthe outcome of parliamentary elections. Littlewonder, then, that when the first South Africacame about in 1910, black people were keen tosee the principle of non-racialism entrenched inthe constitution that was drawn up for the newUnion.

This is the story of that struggle. Its centrepieceis a lively account of the delegation that travelledto London in mid-1909 to lobby for a non-racialconstitution. Led by a famous white lawyerand former prime minister of the Cape, WillSchreiner, brother of the novelist Olive Schreiner,it included some of the great African andColoured leaders of the day, who were perhapsequal in stature to the great black leaders whohelped found the second South Africa in 1994.The story played out in London, Cape Town and Pretoria; but its outcome was theresult, too, of protests in India and of debates in England and Australia. Many of theAfricans involved in this story went on to found the African National Congress, butthere were other participants, including MK Gandhi, whose own fight for the rightsof Indian people in South Africa is woven into this story. The book concludes with adiscussion of why Gandhi was finally able to leave South Africa in 1914 victorious,while other parties and movements, including the ANC, were unable to resist thetide of white racism.

This is the story of the founding of the first South Africa, with all its promise anddespair.
Author Martin Plaut

ISBN 9781431423750
Format Paperback
Pages 254p.

Promise and Despair:The first struggle for a Non-racial South Africa.

Most people believe that black South Africansobtained the vote for the first time in 1994. Infact, for almost a century suitably qualified blackpeople had enjoyed the vote in the Cape andNatal, and in certain constituencies had decidedthe outcome of parliamentary elections. Littlewonder, then, that when the first South Africacame about in 1910, black people were keen tosee the principle of non-racialism entrenched inthe constitution that was drawn up for the newUnion.

This is the story of that struggle. Its centrepieceis a lively account of the delegation that travelledto London in mid-1909 to lobby for a non-racialconstitution. Led by a famous white lawyerand former prime minister of the Cape, WillSchreiner, brother of the novelist Olive Schreiner,it included some of the great African andColoured leaders of the day, who were perhapsequal in stature to the great black leaders whohelped found the second South Africa in 1994.The story played out in London, Cape Town and Pretoria; but its outcome was theresult, too, of protests in India and of debates in England and Australia. Many of theAfricans involved in this story went on to found the African National Congress, butthere were other participants, including MK Gandhi, whose own fight for the rightsof Indian people in South Africa is woven into this story. The book concludes with adiscussion of why Gandhi was finally able to leave South Africa in 1914 victorious,while other parties and movements, including the ANC, were unable to resist thetide of white racism.

This is the story of the founding of the first South Africa, with all its promise anddespair.
Author Martin Plaut

ISBN 9781431423750
Format Paperback
Pages 254p.