South Africa Belongs to Us

South Africa Belongs to Us : A History of the ANC

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"...Meli combines the insights of an insider with sound scholarship." -Patrick O'Meara "Meli's book is a welcome addition to the literature on South Africa." -L. E. Meyer, Choice "...the book is written in a sober, matter-of-fact style with a minimum of invective and rhetoric. Packed with quotations and thoroughly annotated, it appeals to reason more than the emotions and deserves to be taken seriously as history rather than dismissed as propaganda or myth making." -The New York Review of Books "This book is clearly the most important one written on South Africa during the last decade." -Nature, Society, and Thought "...made the case for the ANC's central role as South Africa's historic movement for economic justice as well as racial and political democracy." -Journal of African History In this history of the African National Congress, Francis Meli demonstrates that the party is central to the future of South Africa. British, American, and other Western governments have finally recognized that no South African settlement is possible without dealing with the ANC.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 134.6 x 213.4 x 22.9mm | 340.2g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 19 b&w photos
  • 0253285917
  • 9780253285911

Table of contents

Preface A Note on Class and Colour in South Africa 1 Sources of Inspiration The Emergence of the African working class Religious influences: the early Christian converts and independent chruches The African press Political organization 2 The Formation of the African National Congress (ANC) 8 January 1912 The early years (1912-19) African nationalism and socialism 3 The ANC and Workers' Organizations (191-28) The Rise and fall of the Industrial and Commercial Workers' Union (ICU) The ANC and the Communist Party (CP) (1921-28) 4 Fundamental Changes (1930-49) The All-African Convention (AAC) Resurrection of the ANC The African Claims 1943 Massive Indian resistance (1946-49) Workers set the pace: the great mineworkers' strike of 1946 The formation of the ANC Youth League (1943-49) 5 Defiance and New Strategies (1949-60) The Defiance Campaign The Freedom Charter The Treason Trial Mass direct action The emergence of the Pan African Congress (PAC) (1959-60) The turning point (1960-61) 6 Armed Resistance and ANC Strategy (1961-69) The formation of Umkhonto we Sizwe Mandela's tour of Africa The Lobatse Conference of 1962 The Rivonia Trial The ANC after Rivonia The 1969 Morogoro Conference 7 The Re-emergence of the ANC (1969-85) Steve Biko and the Black Consciouness Movement (BCM) Workers' action The Swoeto uprising The Chruches The ANC: consolidation and further advance (1975-85) Their nightmares are our dreams Appendixes Presidents-General of the ANC Secretaries-General of the ANC The Freedom Center Manifesto of Umkhonto we Sizwe Chronology: Important Dates in South African History References Select Bibliography Indexshow more

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