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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."
George Fredrickson's White Supremacy , Issue 21
On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of George Fredrickson’s White Supremacy, Safundi’s twenty-first issue examines how White Supremacy was developed, written, and published, and how it has been received, from the early 1980s to today.
The author writes on how George Fredrickson's White Supremacy indirectly influenced the development of Safundi. He then gives a brief biography of Fredrickson and introduces the articles in this special issue.
The author recounts the development of his interest in comparing U.S. and South African histories, and how a preliminary conference presentation in 1972 eventually expanded to become White Supremacy: A Comparative Study of American and South African History (1981). He addresses criticisms of the work and concludes with thoughts on the state of comparative studies today.
The author recalls how he first became interested in American studies and comparisons in 1967, and how, twelve years later, he attended a conference (as did George Fredrickson) comparing the U.S. and South African frontiers. The author then weighs the merits of White Supremacy and Black Liberation individually, and writes that "[w]hat is needed now is for someone to bring the two stories together and to write a fully comparative study of both processes in both countries."
The author, who edited The Frontier in History: North America and Southern Africa Compared (1981) with the late Leonard Thompson, tells how he first met Thompson and later organized with him a series of graduate student seminars comparing the North American and southern African frontiers. He then discusses the publication of their book, which appeared the same year as George Fredrickson's White Supremacy, and how their work (together with Fredrickson's research) has influenced comparative frontier studies today.
The author offers a brief discussion of George Fredricksonï¿½s White Supremacy with a focus on its methodological and theoretical foundations. He next examines Stanley Greenberg's Race and State in Capitalist Development. The author then attempts to draw some lessons from these past works regarding present challenges and the future prospects of comparative studies.
George M. Fredrickson and Comparative Approaches to the Study of the United States and South Africa: Personal Reflections
The author explains the connection between his own experiences with white supremacy in the American South and his comparative approach to research and scholarship on the United States and South Africa. Second, he highlights George Fredrickson's contributions to a couple of major comparative studies of race relations in the United States and South Africa. Third, he identifies what might be considered weaknesses in Fredrickson's studies. Finally, he discusses what religious scholars and liberation theologians can learn from Fredrickson's works in comparative history, despite their limitations.
The Comparative Imagination: George Fredrickson and New Directions in Comparative and Transnational History
The author briefly discusses George Fredrickson's White Supremacy, followed by an investigation of how Fredrickson's research has cast a significant shadow on some of the most vibrant trends in recent scholarship, including transnational studies and even a particular strand of works on diplomatic and international history.
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