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Oppression and Resistance in South Africa

Julius Lewin


We are narrowing our political and social rights. We are trying to withdraw even educational advantages from the mass of our people, who are Africans. [Now that] we have had our big Native wars and dispossessed the African of his land, we may get cheap labour for the mine-owners and the farmers, but we shall have created such a terrible proletariat as will be our ultimate undoing. So Olive Schreiner wrote about the Union of South Africa in 1912 when the new self-governing state was in its infancy. This year, when the centenary of Olive Schreiner's birth was celebrated, her books were quoted to a generation which hardly recognized her name but which knew that her words were truer today than when she wrote them.


Race; Inequality

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