n Historia - Magisterial work on the pre-history of the ANC
The Founders: The Origins of the ANC and the Struggle for Democracy in South Africa, André Odendaal : boek review

Volume 58, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



André Odendaal writes this in his major new study of the founders of the African National Congress (ANC). In 2012, the Congress (ANC) celebrated its centenary. The roots of the ANC, however, predate the year 1912. The formation of the Union of South Africa in 1910 was merely the catalyst that united representatives of various African political bodies which had already for a long time shared common goals. The story of the "struggle" in the run-up to the formation of the ANC is what forms the basis of this work. It has for long been one of the more neglected aspects of the history of black resistance in South Africa, and in more ways than one, is a work that fills a pressing need.

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