oa Africa Insight - South Africa's changing image and the "new class" in America

Volume 9, Issue 3-4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Dr Lewis H Gann, Senior Fellow and Deputy Curator of the Africa Collection of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, California, analyses American attitudes towards South Africa and Africa, and looks at the changing structure of American society which could result, in other attitudes towards South Africa. The article is based on material for a forthcoming book ""Why South Africa will survive"" by Dr Gann and Peter Duignan. Most Americans regard South Africa as a remote land about whose affairs they know little and care less. Most of them would have trouble locating, for example, the Transvaal on the map. Its political and racial problems are far removed from the ordinary life of the people In the United States whose thoughts are preoccupied overwhelmingly with domestic and local affairs. The debate concerning South Africa, bitter and strident as it may be, is of concern only to a minority who are usually quite unaware of their countrymen's lack of concern. Before World War II, American concern with South Africa was even less than at present. Most of those Americans with an interest in South African affairs saw little wrong in white minority rule.

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