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On May 10, 1913, white gold miners in the Transvaal region of South Africa went on strike in one of the first major strikes in that nation’s history and also one where workers allowed their racial interests to trump their class interests. In 1910, the Union of South Africa formed. This was the British law […]
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I had the opportunity to review Peter Cole’s excellent new book at H-Net and since that’s a public resource, I thought I would share the first few paragraphs here: Peter Cole’s superb examination of dockworkers in San Francisco and Durban, South Africa, provides an excellent model of how to write comparative labor history, weaving together […]

Castro and Africa

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On November 30, 2016

One of the greatest arguments in favor of Fidel Castro was his anti-colonial, anti-racist foreign policy in Africa. Two essays discuss this critical part of his legacy. First: Cuba’s involvement in

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London Recruits

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On January 27, 2016
This is a really fascinating story of the global struggle against apartheid, with British activists sneaking into South Africa to spread anti-apartheid propaganda and able to do so because the South African government simply assumed that all whites supported white supremacy so why would anyone do this? Ronald “Ronnie” Kasrils was a white man born […]
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