The New Radicals: A Generational Memoir Of The 1970s by Glenn MossThe New Radicals: A Generational Memoir Of The 1970s by Glenn Moss

The New Radicals: A Generational Memoir Of The 1970s

byGlenn Moss

Paperback | October 1, 2014

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From the political ashes of the late 1960s, new and radical initiatives grew with surprising speed in the first half of the 1970s. The New Radicals: A Generational Memoir of the 1970s tells the story of a generation of South African activists who embraced and developed forms of opposition politics that had profound consequences. Within six short years, the politics of opposition and resistance had developed from an historical low point to the beginnings of a radicalism which would lead to the first democratic election in 1994. The book explores the influence of Black Consciousness, the new trade unionism, radicalisation of students on both black and white campuses, the Durban strikes, and Soweto 1976, and concludes that these developments were largely the result of home-grown initiatives, with little influence exercised by the banned and exiled movements for national liberation. 
Glenn Moss was a student leader at Wits University in the 1970s. Detained and charged under security legislation in the mid-1970s, he was acquitted after a year-long trial. He went on to edit the South African Review and Work in Progress, head Ravan Press, and then work as a consultant to South Africa’s first postapartheid government.
Title:The New Radicals: A Generational Memoir Of The 1970sFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 6.25 × 1 inPublished:October 1, 2014Publisher:Jacana MediaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1431409715

ISBN - 13:9781431409716


Editorial Reviews

"This book brought me up with a jolt; it was hard to read at times. Not because it is badly written quite the reverse. It was difficult for me because it was walking into my past. Let me explain. I was born and brought up in Cape Town at the height of apartheid going to University in 1968. That first year was dominated by one event - a student protest against the failure of the University of Cape Town to confirm the appointment of Archie Mafeje in the Department of African Law. . . .Glenn Moss and his history teacher staged a tiny, two person protest in our support. Glenn (whom I later got to know) came to be a leader of the South African radical student movement, of which I was a part. This book traces the history of this movement. It was, mainly, a white movement: a revolt against the life and work of our parent’s generation and their collaboration with apartheid." —Martin Plaut, African Arguments