The Struggle: A History of the African National Congress

Heidi Holland, Author George Braziller $19.95 (252p) ISBN 978-0-8076-1238-5
From its founding in 1912, the African National Congress adopted the passive resistance advocated by Gandhi in its opposition to racial discrimination in South Africa; in 1960 Albert Luthuli, its president, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. South African journalist Holland describes the ANC mainly through the contributions of its principal leaders, two of whom, Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu, were imprisoned for life in 1964. Only since then, writes Holland, has the ANC widely undertaken acts of violence and sabotage. Although the ANC has been accused of being Communist-dominated, in Holland's informative explanation it is shown to be a movement for black liberation whose Freedom Charter calls for a multiracial society. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/30/1990
Release date: 02/01/1990
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