Sharp-sighted, witty, engaging, superbly written - Sol Plaatje’s diary provides a wonderfully readable view of the siege of Mafeking, one of the most famous episodes of the South African War. Notable as the only diary of the war by a black South African to have survived, it provides a fascinating account of the part played by the African population of the town in what was supposedly `a white man’s war`. At the same time it provides a keen insight into the mind of a man who went on to become one of the key spokesmen for black rights in the early part of the twentieth century, and one of the founders of the African National Congress in 1912. For this centenary edition the editors have returned to the original manuscript of the dairy in order to provide the fullest and most accurate version possible. Additional information yielded by fresh oral and archival research has also been incorporated.
The diary is edited by John Comaroff, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, and by Brian Willan, author of Sol Plaatje: A Biography. They were assisted by Andrew Reed, and by Solomon Molema, grandson of Sol Plaatje
ISBN: 978-0-86486-400-0, 0,
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