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.
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