The Ghost of Equality: The Public Lives of D. D. T. Jabavu of South Africa, 1885 1959 (Hardback)Catherine Higgs (author)
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"... If D.D.T. Jabavu's life reveals anything about South Africa's political history, it is that this history was not monolithic. It was not simply a lengthly confrontation between a black elite represented by the African National Congress and the white segregationist state. Rather, there was a range of black political opinion and activity, of which Jabavu, an active participant in virtually every government-sponsored and every major extraparliamentary conference between 1920 and the late 1940s, represented one prominent historical strain.
"This book, however, is about more than D.D.T. Javavu's politics; it is about his public life, or perhaps more accurately, his public lives. The book is arranged thematically, divided according to the parts Jabavu played: student, teacher, Methodist, and politician."
- from the introduction by the author
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Number of pages: 284
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 26 mm
-- Richard Elphick, Professor of History, Wesleyan University
"Catherine Higgs's fine-grained narrative raises important questions about the adequacy of existing analyses of black South Africans' reception of British liberalism and the Christian gospel. Higgs demonstrates that the situation in the early to mid-twentieth century was much more complex and conflict-ridden than conventional wisdom allows. What is perhaps most surprising about the D. D. T. Jabavu we meet in these pages is the extent to which his racial consciousness gave form and substance to his liberalism and to his faith. No radical, he was nevertheless what black Americans of his generation would have called, respectfully, a `race man.'"
-- John Edwin Mason, Assistant Professor of History, University of Virginia
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