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Loosing the bonds : the United States and South Africa in the apartheid years

Author: Robert Massie
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Loosing the Bonds is popular, narrative history at its best: a consuming, dramatically told David and Goliath story about the moral power of justice triumphing over powerful forces of oppression. Apartheid-the brutal enforcement of racial segregation by South Africa's white government--became official policy in post-World War II South Africa, coinciding with the rise of the civil-rights movement in the United  Read more...
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Massie, Robert, 1956-
Loosing the bonds.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 1997
(OCoLC)605220915
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Massie
ISBN: 0385261675 9780385261678
OCLC Number: 35025812
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
Description: xxix, 896 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Rival dreams of nationhood --
Crisis and recovery (1958-1962) --
John F. Kennedy and the politics of racial equality (1960-1963) --
The varieties of dissent (1964-1966) --
Students and strategists (1966-1970) --
Confrontations with General Motors (1971) --
The awakening of the institutional investor (1971-1973) --
The enigma of Buthelezi (1972-1975) --
The opening of new fronts (1974-1976) --
Points of pressure (1976-1977) --
Definition from below (1978-1980) --
The limits of engagement and reform (1980-1983) --
The spread of the divestment movement (1982-1984) --
The explosion (1985-1986) --
The effect of sanctions --
Legacy and future.
Responsibility: Robert Kinloch Massie.
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Loosing the Bonds is popular, narrative history at its best: a consuming, dramatically told David and Goliath story about the moral power of justice triumphing over powerful forces of oppression. Apartheid-the brutal enforcement of racial segregation by South Africa's white government--became official policy in post-World War II South Africa, coinciding with the rise of the civil-rights movement in the United States. From the Kennedy administration on, Washington spoke against apartheid but, pressured by American corporations making big profits in South Africa and the geopolitics of the cold war, did little to foster change. Anti-apartheid activists turned their attention instead to South Africa's Achilles heel: its economy. Soon institutional America-churches, foundations, union and government pension funds-joined activists and college students in pressuring American business to get out of South Africa. Their efforts built to a climax in the 1980s, when South Africa became the burning issue of the day, the United States imposed punitive sanctions, and the apartheid regime collapsed. Robert Kinloch Massie re-creates the passions and struggles of these years, deftly showing how American and South African politics, money and personalities were intertwined in these years. Populated with real-life heroes and villains, bursting with colorful incident, Loosing the Bonds is an inspiring chronicle of one of the most important struggles of our lifetime.--Publisher description.

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