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Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies
Safundi -- "S" represents "South Africa," "a" stands for "America," and "fundi" comes from the Xhosa verb, "-funda," which translates as "to read/learn."
April 2005, Issue 18
The paper argues that the immigration of single European males to the Cape throughout the Dutch period has been overlooked in the debate about the expansion of the frontier. The presence of these immigrants affected the demography of the settlement and accounts for the consistently high free male sex ratio at the Cape. The paper challenges the mythology of large self-perpetuating pre-1707 settler families using up available land and pushing the frontier forward. It also draws attention to the fact that the Dutch East India Company, while not actively supporting immigration, was favorably disposed to able-bodied single men in their service taking up residence at the Cape, as thousands of successful applications for burgher status indicate. These immigrants, drawn from economically depressed urban areas of northern Europe, cautiously entered the settler economy first as knechts, bywoners, hunters, traders, and graziers, before ultimately acquiring their own farms. It was they, who as early as 1702, made contact with the Xhosa. Moreover, they vied with Cape-born men for marital partners. Local women, both slave and free, showed a preference for the newcomers, demonstrating a tendency to exogamy not appreciated in the persistent mythology of a closed settler community, or a herrenvolk democracy.
Adopted in South Africa in 1955 by forces opposed to the regime, the South African Freedom Charter was one of the most important hortatory declarations of the post-Cold War era. The Charter was adopted by the largest multiracial assembly in the history of the country at that time. The campaign leading up to the Charter's creation introduced thousands to political activity and put to the test the ideas of the opposition movement about non-racial, non-sectarian politics and coalition building. The Charter also provided a lightening rod for the regime's attacks against the liberation movement. The document was the smoking gun in the 1956 Treason Trial--proof of the movement's "revolutionary" and "communist" aims. This article situates the story of the Freedom Charter in the ideological history of the South African liberation movement from the 1950s to the 1990s. It considers its role in shaping the constitutive instruments of the post-apartheid era, and it assesses the Charter's contribution to the global dialogue in human rights over the relationship between political and socioeconomic rights.
The Burden of Celebrating True Greatness: "A Response to Derek Catsam's ""Choosing the Wings on Which One Soars"""
The author, whose paper in Safundi Issue 16--"Soaring on the Wings of Pride: Martin Luther King Jr. and the 'New' South Africa"--prompted a response from Safundi reader Derek Catsam, counters the reader's criticisms and explains further why he feels Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy continued to have a significant influence on South Africa through the 1980s. Additionally, notes the author, "We need to continue [this] dialogue because the last remnants of apartheid in the United States and South Africa have not yet faded."
The author continues a discussion on Martin Luther King Jr.'s lasting legacy in South Africa in the 1980s, begun with the publication of Lewis V. Baldwin's article in Safundi Issue 16, "Soaring on the Wings of Pride: Martin Luther King Jr. and the 'New' South Africa."
April 2007, Volume 8, Number 2
January 2007, Volume 8, Number 1
Deterritorializing American Culture, 23
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George Fredrickson's White Supremacy , Issue 21
October 2005, Issue 20
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