Group Cluster Reading List

Your group should choose how to tackle the following readings to inform your historical context and historiography essay.  You are encouraged to research additional sources to add to the archival guidebook in addition to these readings.  You might think about the themes raised in your primary sources.

  • ACOA (American Committee on Africa). 1970. “Apartheid and Imperialism: A Study of U.S. Corporate Involvement in South Africa.” Special issue, Africa Today 17, no. 5.
  • Atkins, Keletso E. 1996. “The ‘Black Atlantic Communication Network’: African American Sailors and the Cape of Good Hope Connection.” In “African [Diaspora] Studies,” ed. Lisa Brock, special issue, Issue: A Journal of Opinion (African Studies Association) 24, no. 2: 23-26.
  • Borstelmann, Thomas. 2001. The Cold War and the Color Line: American Race Relations in the Global Arena. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Culverson, Donald R. 1999. Contesting Apartheid: U.S. Activism, 1960-1987. Boulder, CO: Westview.
  • Gastrow, Claudia. 2005. “Struggling for Freedom: The Divestment Movement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1977-1987.” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 20 (October).
  • Hostetter, David L. 2004. “Movement Matters: American Antiapartheid Activism and the Rise of Multicultural Politics.” PhD diss., University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Knight, Richard. 2004. “Documenting the U.S. Solidarity Movement, with Reflections on the Sanctions and Divestment Campaigns.” Paper presented at conference, “International Anti- Apartheid Movements in South Africa’s Freedom Struggle: Lessons for Today,” University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, October 10-13. African Activist Archive.
  • Love, Janice. 1985. The U.S. Anti-Apartheid Movement. New York: Praeger.
  • Prexy Nesbitt, Making the Road.
  • William Minter, Gail Hovey, Charles Cobb, Jr, eds, No Easy Victories:  African Liberation and American Activists over a Half-Century, 1950-2000. (Africa World Press), 2007.
  • Peter Cole, “Hooks Down! Anti-Apartheid Activism and Solidarity Among Maritime Unions in Australia and the United States,” co-authored by Peter Limb, Labor History (57)
  • Peter Cole, “An Injury To One Is An Injury To All: San Francisco longshore workers and the fight against apartheid,” Journal of Civil and Human Rights 1:2 (2015)
  • Peter Cole, “No Justice, No Ships Get Loaded: Political Boycotts on the Durban and San Francisco Bay Waterfronts,” International Review of Social History 58:2 (2013).
  • Peter Cole, “Crossing the Color Lines, Crossing the Continents: Comparing the Racial Politics of the IWW in South Africa and the United States, 1905-1925” co-authored
    by Lucien van der Walt, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 12:1 (2011)
  • “Generations of Struggle: Trade Unions and the Roots of Feminism, 1930-60,” Basus’iimbokodo, bawel’imilambo/They Remove Boulders and Cross Rivers: Women in South African History, ed. Nomboniso Gasa. Cape Town: Human Sciences Research Council, 2007.
  • Daniel Magaziner, The Law and the Prophets:  Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1968-1977 (Ohio University Press), 2010.
  • Eric J. Morgan, “The World Is Watching: Polaroid and South Africa,” Enterprise & Society 7:3 (September 2006): 520-549.
  • Carol Anderson, Bourgeois Radicals:  The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960 (Cambridge University Press), 2014.
  • Yvette Richards, Maida Springer:  Pan-Africanist and International Labor Leader (University of Pittsburgh Press), 2000.
  • Yvette Richards, Conversations with Maida Springer:  A Personal History of Labor, Race, and International Relations (University of Pittsburgh Press), 2004.
  • R. Joseph Parrott, “Pan-African Liberation”, Open Vault
  • R. Joseph Parrott, “A Luta Continua:  Radical filmmaking, Pan-African liberation and communal empowerment”, Race and Class 57(1) (2015).

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