American Antiapartheid Activism and the Rise of Multicultural Politics
Published June 9th 2009 by Routledge – 218 pages
Examining four decades of American antiapartheid activism, Movement Matters analyzes the long-term impact of the American antiapartheid movement on American civil religion. Exploring issues of race, politics and culture, the book presents a fresh look at the importance of antiapartheid activism in America. Movement Matters examines three crucial conflicts that shaped this activism: the debate between those holding an integrationist vision of the civil rights movement and the advocates of a Pan-Africanist view (the Black Power movement); the tension between the antiracist credibility American leaders sought to project to the world, and the anticommunist thrust of American foreign policy which led to a tacit alliance with South Africa; and the dispute over whether non-violence of armed liberation provided the best strategy for ending apartheid. For students of American history, African history, politics and cultural studies, this is a valuable resource and an essential read.
"The legwork that [Hostetter] does on the organizations behind antiapartheid activism… deepens our understanding of the national and transnational links that helped build one of the striking examples in our time of a global movement that brought about peaceful, transformative change."
- James H. Meriwether, California State University, Bakersfield, American Historical Review
Introduction: Through the Glass Starkly: Americans Confront Apartheid 1. "For the Freedom Struggle is One:" The American Committee on Africa 2. Liberation in One Organization: The American Friends Service Committee 3. Black Power on Embassy Row: TransAfrica 4. Lost in the Stars: Apartheid and American Popular Culture 5. If They're Not Free, We're Not Free: Antiapartheid Activism and the Integration of American Civil Religion. Conclusion: Now Face to Face? Opposing Apartheid, Proposing Multiculturalism
David Hostetter is Director of Research and Programs at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University.