© 2000

Alfred B. Xuma

African, American, South African


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Steven D. Gish
    Pages 1-4
  3. Steven D. Gish
    Pages 5-25
  4. Steven D. Gish
    Pages 26-52
  5. Steven D. Gish
    Pages 53-79
  6. Steven D. Gish
    Pages 80-109
  7. Steven D. Gish
    Pages 110-164
  8. Steven D. Gish
    Pages 165-203
  9. Steven D. Gish
    Pages 204-206
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 207-305

About this book


President of the African National Congress in South Africa between 1941-49, Alfred B. Xuma was one of the most influential black South Africans of his generation. In this biography of Dr. Xuma, the first of its kind, the author explores the impact of African-American ideas on African nationalism, the debates within the anti-apartheid movement in the 1940s and 1950s, and the often rocky relationship that existed between white liberals and African nationalists.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Auburn University MontgomeryUSA

About the authors

STEVEN D. GISH is Assistant Professor of History at Auburn University Montgomery, USA. He earned a Ph. D. in history at Stanford University and specializes in the history of modern South Africa.

Bibliographic information


'Steven Gish has done history and South Africa an important service by recording and appraising the life of Alfred B. Xuma, thereby rescuing from near obscurity one of the major founders of the post-apartheid order. The new South Africa owes a large debt to the political traditions of the African National Congress, and the ANC owes much to Xuma's strong leadership in the decade just prior to its emergence as a mass movement...this balanced and insightful study adds significantly to our knowledge of an under-appreciated figure in South Africa's modern history.' - Gail M. Gerhart, Journal of African History

'Although this is a scholarly work, it should be compulsory reading for all South Africans - for a better understanding of the ANC in general, its policies of patience, and also for the role model value it offers black South African youths.' - Daily Dispatch