The most popular Afrikaans books during the mid-1930's were novels such as Ampie by Jochem van Bruggen, Uit oerwoed en vlakte by Sangiro and Sonde met die bure by Langenhoven. These were also the books that sold best. However, at this time a reaction against serious literature began to surface, and newspaper and magazine readers asked for books about 'knap kerels en mooi nooiens' (handsome guys and pretty girls) (a phrase used in a contribution to Die Burger). More and more lighter literature was published, also a few 'risque' novels. Nasionale Pers in Bloemfontein published a few of these, among others Wrede grense by Sophie Roux and Gebroke by T.C. Pienaar. Nasionale Pers obtained a considerable amount of advice before deciding to publish the former. The novel was received quite well. However, Gebroke was severely criticised, and Nasionale Pers was reprimanded by various critics for publishing a novel of this purport. The history of how these two novels were published and received is discussed in this article.
The first few years of provincial administration in the Orange Free State were characterised by serious disunity and differences between the Administration and the education corps. Especially 1912 can be singled out as the year in which the education dispute reached a climax. Offended by among other things. the so-called autocratic attitude of the provincial powers, members of the teaching profession gathered their forces in opposition to the Ramsbottom administration, which led to the largest public protest meeting of teachers up to that time. The Administrator made a courageous attempt to solve the problems and to defuse the situation.
The main characteristics of the Afrikaans folk song are the phenomenon of the many variants that occur and the transformation of words and melody that are a result of oral tradition. Some of the other features are simplicity, recurrence of words, lines or parts of the melody and the use of the major key.