n Journal for Contemporary History - Black South African initiatives and the land, 1913-1948
|Article Title||Black South African initiatives and the land, 1913-1948|
|© Publisher:||University of the Free State|
|Journal||Journal for Contemporary History|
|Author||Harvey M. Feinberg|
|Publication Date||Jun 2009|
|Pages||39 - 61|
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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