HOPE FOR SOUTH AFRICA by Alan Paton

HOPE FOR SOUTH AFRICA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Given the facts that ""the trend, if not the goal, of contemporary politics"" is that ""one day the South African Parliament will consist only of white legislators who represent only white people"", that the powerful Nationalist Party, now almost exactly synonymous with the South African Government, its policies and legislation, may, in all probability, ""never again be defeated at an election"", and that any change in this desperate condition can never be wrought by gradualism but only by revolution or massive evolution, the author espouses the cause of the Liberal Party as the only possible means of achieving an inter-racial universally enfranchised, democratic society. Mr. Paton, the author of two widely-read novels about South Africa, is a citizen of that country and a leading figure in the young Liberal Party, which was founded in 1953 and advocates complete freedom of the individual on both political and moral grounds. A brief social history (through the nineteenth century) of the countries in the present South African state is followed by a more detailed account of the salient events in the political history of this century. Already dated by a turbulent year, the book was written in June of 1958, but it stands as a frank and pithy statement of the demanding role of the South African Liberal in a state where political policies of total racial separation (APARTHEID) and its alternative, total white supremacy (BAASKAP), are virtually unassailable through parliamentary measures.

Pub Date: July 13th, 1959
Publisher: Praeger, Inc.