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Visions of FreedomHavana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991$
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Piero Gleijeses

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469609683

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469609690_Gleijeses

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The United States, South Africa, and Savimbi

The United States, South Africa, and Savimbi

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(p.279) Chapter 11 The United States, South Africa, and Savimbi
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Visions of Freedom
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Piero Gleijeses

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469609683.003.0012

This chapter describes how South Africa became the subject of widespread debate in the United States. In his memoirs Chester Crocker writes, “With hindsight it is astounding that apartheid had never before burst upon the American public consciousness as a topic of mainstream media interest and public debate. Other Western nations … had experienced their own apartheid debates over twenty years earlier… . Where was the American body politic during the 1950s, the era during which apartheid was built? … Where were the protests during the early 1960s, when the Rivonia trials resulted in Nelson Mandela's imprisonment and the banning of the ANC? … Americans discovered the existence of apartheid only in the mid-1980s.”

Keywords:   South Africa, United States, Chester Crocker, apartheid, Rivonia trials, Nelson Mandela, ANC

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