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The Media and the Exile of Seretse Khama: The Bangwato vs. the British in Bechuanaland, 1948–56

  • Susan Williams
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)

Abstract

In 1950, the British Government exiled Seretse Khama from his own country, the British Protectorate of Bechuanaland in southern Africa (which became independent Botswana in 1966). Twenty-eight-year-old Seretse was the acclaimed kgosi (king) of the Bangwato, the largest of the eight nations of Bechuanaland. The reason for his banishment was his marriage in 1948 to Ruth Williams, an English woman — who happened to be white. Seretse was initially exiled for five years by Attlee’s Labour Government; in 1952, Churchill’s Conservative Government made the exile permanent.

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National Archive High Commissioner Daily Mail Mixed Marriage British Politics 
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