The Foundations of Anti-Apartheid: Liberal Humanitarians and by Rob Skinner

By Rob Skinner

Anti-apartheid was once some of the most major overseas reasons of the past due 20th century. The booklet presents the 1st targeted heritage of the emergence of anti-apartheid activism in Britain and the us, tracing the community of people and teams who formed the ethical and political personality of the move.

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28 Some of his earlier correspondence could be read as the expressions of a man aware of the need to step carefully in the face of official suspicion, yet this ability to move between African and white missionary circles enabled him to establish himself in South Africa. 29 While there had been, as we have seen, a history of links between black South Africans and African Americans, he was the first black YMCA secretary to travel to the country. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-02 South African Liberalism and ‘Friends of Africa’ 37 38 The Foundations of Anti-Apartheid the people are rapidly coming out of the past and meeting something new.

The failure of the multi-racial delegation led by the ex-Prime Minister of the Cape W. P. Schreiner and black political leaders, including Abdullah Abdurahman, J. T. Jabavu and Walter Rubusana (the latter two representing distinct strands of black opinion, and Abdurahman the African Peoples’ Organisation), who petitioned parliament in London in 1909, demonstrated that the political grievances of Africans were to be of secondary importance in the politics of Anglo-South African relations. The creation of the Union of South Africa in 1910 meant that the appeal to the imperial centre, the characteristic mode of nineteenthcentury campaigners, ceased to have any practical purpose in terms of direct impact on the political process.

The same international influences that Plaatje had encountered as an individual came to shape the character of more general political beliefs. Encapsulated in the slogan, ‘Africa for the Africans’, the popularity of Garveyite ideas grew rapidly in the years following the war. 4 Such ideas also had an impact on the rhetoric of the Industrial and Commercial Worker’s Union (ICU), established in Cape Town in the early 1920s by Clements Kadalie. 5 Kadalie, as we shall see, was able to attract sympathisers in Britain during the 1920s, but the attention of ICU supporters and leaders tended towards America, rather than the imperial centre.

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