n Journal for Contemporary History - Black South African initiatives and the land, 1913-1948

Volume 34, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



In 1912, two years after the formation of the Union of South Africa, John Dube, president of the newly inaugurated South African Native National Congress, told an African audience at Eshowe : "If we have no land to live on, we can be no people." Dube's statement emphasizes a consistent theme of South African history from the end of the 19th century (at least) : the incredible importance of land to black South Africans.

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