THE ORIGINS OF NON-RACIALISM, white opposition to apartheid in the 1950s

: Everatt (D.)

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273pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2009


A historical exploration of white resistance politics which "seeks to help us understand how non-racialism emerged and the various forms it took in doing so in the 1950s, the decade that forged the ANC in its current form." from the introduction

"This book is a path-breaking study of the emergence of non-racialism, considering a range of strands: some pursuing liberal paths, others working for national liberation or communism. It is a painstaking insight into the Congress Movement and the Communist Party, then operating underground, as well as the Liberal Party, drawing on widespread oral and archival material. This work should be widely disseminated, to both a new generation and many older people who do not know about the little-known factors that contributed to what made their freedom possible." Raymond Suttner, University of South Africa and author of The ANC Underground

David Everatt is Executive Director of the Guateng City-Region Observatory, a joint project of the University of Johannesburg, the University of the Witwatersrand and the Gauteng Provincial Government.