• ‘I See You’: The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union of Africa, 1919-1930
    Editors: David Johnson and Henry Dee
    Volume:
    III-4 (2022)
    Print Status:
    In Print and eBook available
    The Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union of Africa (ICU) and its charismatic leader, Clements Kadalie, dominated the southern African political landscape of the 1920s. The movement demonstrated a wide spectrum of opposition to the established order. From humble beginnings in Cape Town in 1919, the ICU...
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  • Sol T Plaatje - A life in letters
    Edited by Brian Willan and Sabata-mpho Mokae
    Volume:
    III-2 (2020)
    Print Status:
    In Print (eBook available)
    Sol Plaatje (1876–1932) was one of the best known political and literary figures of his generation – as journalist, writer and spokesman for his people. He spoke out against the oppressive policies of the South African government in the early decades of the twentieth century, and he is remembered for a number of important books – one of which is the...
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  • Vol II-50
    In a Time of Plague. Memories of the 'Spanish' Flu Epidemic of 1918 In South Africa
    Collected and Edited by Howard Phillips
    Volume:
    II-50 (2018)
    Print Status:
    In Print (eBook available)
    The so-called “Spanish” influenza epidemic of 1918 (tellingly dubbed “Black October” by contemporaries in South Africa) was the worst disease episode ever to hit the country. Part of the global pandemic which killed about 3% of the world’s inhabitants in little over a year, in hard-hit South Africa it claimed some 350,000 lives (or 5% of the population) in six...
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  • Selections from the letters of President M. T. Steyn, 1904-1910
    Edited by Con de Wet, Elizabeth van Heyningen, Chris van der Merwe
    Volume:
    II-48 (2017)
    Print Status:
    In Print (eBook available)
    President M.T. Steyn is one of the heroes Afrikaner history, leading the guerrilla war against the British from 1899-1902, and fiercely resisting submission. He was struck down by a neural disease in 1902 and was unable to participate in the negotiations that ended the war. In 1902 he went to Europe for treatment and, after a partial recovery, he returned...
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  • From Cattle-herding to Editor’s Chair: The Unfinished Autobiography of Richard Victor Selope Thema
    Edited and introduced by Alan Cobley
    Volume:
    II-47 (2016)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    Richard Victor Selope Thema (1886 - 1955) was one of the most influential black figures in South Africa in the twentieth century - yet little has been published about him until now. 'RV' - as he was known to his friends - was a leading member of the ANC for almost forty years from 1912, serving for many years on...
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  • The World's Great Question. Olive Schreiner's South African Letters 1889-1920
    Edited by Liz Stanley and Andrea Salter
    Volume:
    II-45 (2014)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    The World’s Great Question features over 300 of Olive Schreiner’s key letters on South African people, politics and its racial order. They are often prophetic and can still send shivers down the spine. Immensely readable and insightful, her South African letters bring home Schreiner’s importance as one of the world’s most famous women and a foundational figure in South African...
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  • A B Xuma. Autobiography and Selected Works
    Edited by Peter Limb
    Volume:
    II-43 (2012)
    Print Status:
    Out of Print (eBook available)
    Alfred Bitini Xuma (1893-1962) is best known as the president who revived the African National Congress (ANC) in the 1940s and was then defeated for office by the Congress Youth League. Less known is his important public career as a medical doctor and social reformer, or the continuity of his thought over three decades of writings and speeches, in which...
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  • Friendship and Union. The South African Letters of Patrick Duncan and Maud Selborne 1907–1943
    Edited and introduced by Deborah Lavin
    Volume:
    II-41 (2010)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    This volume, published a century after Union in 1910, tells the story of the first decades of the new state. The narrative unfolds through letters exchanged weekly by two interested commentators: Scottish-born Patrick Duncan, who was initially a member of Milner’s famous ‘Kindergarten’ of young British civil servants, and who became a respected politician in the new Union. His career...
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  • Alan Paton Selected Letters
    Edited and with an introduction by Peter Alexander
    Volume:
    II-40 (2009)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    Alan Paton was a dedicated letter-writer whose letters are almost like a series of vigorous conversations, displaying his capacity for friendship, his lively personality and his principled commitment to South African society. This collection of 350 previously unpublished letters are a major aspect of his writings. They range from those written as a brilliant student of 18 to his old...
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  • Isaac Williams Wauchope: Selected Writings 1874-1916
    Edited and translated by Jeff Opland and Abner Nyamende with an introduction and notes by Jeff Opland
    Volume:
    II-39 (2008)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    Isaac Williams Wauchope (1852-1917) was a prominent member of the Eastern Cape African elite in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a Congregational minister, political activist, historian, poet and, ultimately, legendary hero in the Mendi disaster. A Lovedale student, he was instrumental in founding one of the first political organisations for Africans, an enthusiastic campaigner for the establishment of...
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  • Die Konvensie-dagboek van Sy Edelagbare François Stephanus Malan
    Edited by Johann F. Preller; with an English translation by A.J. de Villiers
    Volume:
    I-32 (1951)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    F.S. Malan, at one time editor of 'Ons Land', was a Cape delegate to the National Convention in Durban, which negotiated the terms of the Union of South Africa. Malan himself noted that the journal had a dual purpose: '1 To give a short summary of the proceedings of the Conference and 2. To put on record what my own...
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