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n South African Journal of Cultural History - Volksmoeders in verset : Afrikanervroue-optogte in Pretoria, 1915 en 1940

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Abstract

Hierdie artikel ondersoek die deelname van Afrikanervroue aan versetpolitiek in die era voor apartheid. Die soeklig val op twee massa-optogte wat deur Afrikanervroue georganiseer en in respektiewelik 1915 en 1940 na die Uniegebou in Pretoria onderneem is. Benewens die agtergrond tot en oorsake van die optogte, die gebeure daartydens en gevolge van die optogte, word ondersoek ook ingestel na kulturele aspekte van die optogte : die agtergrond van die organiseerders, die wyses waarop hulle destyds in die pers geïdentifi seer is, die taalgebruik in hulle verklarings en versoekskrifte, die godsdienstige milieu waarin die optogte aangepak is en die kleredrag van die deelnemers. Openbare en persreaksie op die optogte, waaronder die skryf van gedigte daaroor, word eweneens belig. Laastens word aandag aan die verwysing na die deelnemers aan die optogte as volksmoeders en na die nalatenskap van die optogte gegee.


This article investigates the participation of Afrikaner women in resistance politics in the era before apartheid. The spotlight falls on two mass-marches which Afrikaner women organised in respectively 1915 and 1940 to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. In addition to the background to and causes of the marches, the events themselves and the results of the marches, an investigation is undertaken into cultural aspects of these demonstrations : the background of the organisers, the way in which they were in those days identified in the press, the nature of the language used in their statements and petitions, the religious milieu in which the marches were undertaken and the attire of the participants. Public and press reaction to the marches, including the writing of poems on them, are also focussed on. Finally attention is given to references to the participants as "mothers of the nation" and to the legacy of the marches.

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2009-06-01
2016-12-06
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