White Supremacy Confronted: U.S. Imperialism and Anti-Communism vs. the Liberation of Southern Africa from Rhodes to Mandela

Author: Gerald Horne


While chronicling the liberation of Southern Africa this book details the 100 year relationship between U.S. Imperialism and the proto apartheid and apartheid regimes in the nation of South Africa

SKU: 978-7178-0763-5 Category: ISBN: 978-07178-0763-5.


Based upon exhaustive research in all presidential libraries from Hoover to Clinton, the voluminous archives of the African National Congress [ANC] at Fort Hare University in South Africa, along with allied archives of the NAACP, the Ford and Rockefeller fortunes, etc., this is the most comprehensive account to date of the entangled histories of apartheid and Jim Crow that culminated in 1994 with the election of Nelson Mandela as president in Pretoria.

The author traces in detail the close ties between e.g. Mandela, Robeson, and Du Bois–among others–and how their working in tandem with the socialist camp (particularly the Soviet Union and Cuba) was the deciding factor (along with the struggles of Africans and their allies on both sides of the Atlantic) in compelling the reluctant retreat of the comrades-in-arms:  apartheid and Jim Crow. However, weeks after the collapse of the Berlin Wall the apartheid regime chose to free Mandela and to legalize the ANC and its close ally, the South African Communist Party–while anticommunism, a major ideological weapon of the ruling class in Washington and Pretoria alike, surged–putting the Mandela government in a weakened position in the prelude to the nation’s first democratic elections in 1994 and thereafter.

Also detailed in these riveting pages are the allied struggles in Namibia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Congo, Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique, along with the massive solidarity movement in the U.S.–particularly among unions and students–that contributed mightily to victory.

This is a story well worth studying as we continue to combat anticommunism–and struggle for socialism.

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Weight 36 oz
Dimensions 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.75 in

1 review for White Supremacy Confronted: U.S. Imperialism and Anti-Communism vs. the Liberation of Southern Africa from Rhodes to Mandela

  1. Gary Bono

    The narrative is as lucid as that of a novel. It should be required
    reading for all who want to understand Africans and the people of
    African descent. White Supremacy Confronted is a historical
    demonstration of the seamlessness of the struggle for human dignity.

    Simbi Mubako, former Ambassador of Zimbabwe to USA

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