An African-American in South Africa: The Travel Notes of Ralph J. Bunche, 28 September 1937-1 January 1938

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An African-American in South Africa: The Travel Notes of Ralph J. Bunche, 28 September 1937-1 January 1938

Edited by Robert J. Edgar
Ohio University Press, 1992
398 pp. $40.00
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As a young professor at Howard University, Ralph Bunche won a travel grant that took him around the world and, for an eventful three months in 1937, enabled him to become a participant and observer of life in unremittingly racist South Africa. His travel notes, splendidly edited, annotated and introduced by Howard historian Robert Edgar, contain a rich lode of information on the attitudes, opinions and foibles of prominent black South Africans and their white allies of the time. Also revealing are the candid glimpses into Bunche's own radical disposition prior to the start of his distinguished career in government service, during which he seldom committed critical inner thoughts to paper. Readers concerned with American-South African relations today will find interesting the glamorized image of American Negroes that Bunche encountered and the comparisons he drew between race relations in South Africa and the United States. A travel book guaranteed to take you o the beaten track.

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