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Mandela, Tambo, and the African National Congress

The Struggle Against Apartheid, 1948-1990, A Documentary Survey

Edited by Sheridan Johns and R. Hunt Davis, Jr.

Publication Date - 14 March 1991

ISBN: 9780195057843

376 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches


This timely documentary history provides a unique analysis of contemporary South African politics, covering the forty-two-year period between the ruling National Party's electoral victory of 1948 and the subsequent institution of apartheid, to the recent release from prison of Nelson Mandela. The book follows the changing nature of the African nationalist movement over these years, focusing on the central roles Mandela and Oliver Tambo have played in the African National Congress and the ANC's success in overcoming government opposition and persecution to reemerge as the recognized voice of the anti-apartheid movement. Representative writings and public statements of Mandela and Tambo, together with key ANC documents and lucid interpretive essays by the editors, help bring this continuing struggle to life. Also included are compelling accounts from Mandela's fellow prisoners and visitors that show how Mandela's conduct in prison enhanced his leadership status and helped make him one of the world's most famous political prisoners. Providing a clear background necessary for an understanding of the present negotiations between the ANC and the South African government, Mandela, Tambo, and the African National Congress is invaluable to anyone interested in black South Africa's struggle to free itself from apartheid.

About the Author(s)

Sheridan Johns is Associate Professor of Political Science at Duke University.

R. Hunt Davis is Professor of History & Director of African Studies Center at University of Florida.


"Refreshingly new....The documentary survey is divided into four chornological sections and an introductory essay precedes each which analyses the period and context into which the documents fit. The authors also provide a general introduction and conclusion, which are informative and well-written. This combination of primary data and secondary analysis and interpretation works very well, and the book is worth purchasing for both elements."--The Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics"R

"A timely and useful collection of documents....Draws upon press stamements, interviews, and speeches by...Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo, as well as upon documents issued by the ANC itself....Sheridan Johns and Hunt Davis are to be commended for their work."--The International Journal of African Historical Studies

"Altogether, this material is an essential source for students of South African politics and of liberation movements. In addition, the documents will be of value to general readers interested in South Africa and in race relations. This is, therefore, an important book for all types of libraries."--Choice

"Very timely, well written presentation. Excellent scholarly apparatus in support."--Ann Nelson, Salve Regina College

"A wonderful collection of speeches, texts, documents, and testimonials that capture the essence of liberation struggle in South Africa. A must for anybody interested in the African National Congress and the struggle for equality and justice in Africa."--Nadar Entessar, Spring Hill College

"This book is a useful reference volume for professional historians, for the student researcher, and for others interested in South Africa who do not have access to larger collections."--History

"This is a welcome collection of materials which are mostly out of print and not readily available."--Political Studies

"A useful and timely volume...fills a useful niche, providing and annotated background to the crucial transition to majority rule in South Africa now unfolding."--Perspectives on Political Science

"The first volume of its kind to be produced after the release of Nelson Mandela. The reader should find the chronology a very helpful reference, and the list of sources is invaluable. This is a book over which all scholars, politicians, and diplomats should linger, as much for its easy reading as for its contents."--Africa Today