ON BUILDING A SOCIAL MOVEMENT, the North American Campaign for Southern African Liberation revisited

: Saul (J.)

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298pp., paperback, Trenton, 2017


“Solidarity is the soul of the workers’ movement. This is a book about one of history’s greatest international solidarity movements: the anti-apartheid movement and that in support of the southern African liberation struggles more generally. It provides an inspiring and incisive account that raises sharply the question of what could have been had our revolution not lost its way by succumbing to neo-liberalism’s false hopes and dead-end solutions.” Trevor Ngwane, veteran South African activist and writer

"John Saul offers far more than a comprehensive analysis of the historical development of Southern African solidarity movements in North America. He issues a call for an emancipatory politics and practice that locates battles for liberation in a larger context and in relationship to each other. He also challenges us to demystify the national liberation movements many of us worshiped in order to see not only their strengths and weaknesses, but in order to understand the forces that have ground many of them to a halt. What an outstanding piece of writing!” Bill Fletcher, Jr., former President of TransAfrica Forum

Activist and academic John S. Saul has taught at York University in Canada, the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, the University of Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. His many books include A Flawed Freedom: Rethinking Southern African liberation; South Africa - the Present as History: From Mrs Plea to Mandela and Marikana, and Liberation Lite: The roots of decolonization in Southern Africa.