The Cape Radicals: intellectual and political thought of the New Era Fellowship 1930s-1960s

OUTPUT TYPE: Monograph (Book)
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020
TITLE AUTHOR(S): C.Soudien
KEYWORDS: CAPE TOWN, NEW ERA FELLOWSHIP (NEF), PUBLIC EDUCATION
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Development (HSD), Office of the CEO (ERM), Office of the CEO (OCEO), Office of the CEO (IL), Office of the CEO (BS), Office of the CEO (IA)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11203

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Abstract

In 1937 a group of young Capetonians, socialist intellectuals from the Workers' Party of South Africa and the Non-European Unity Movement, embarked on a remarkable public education and cultural project they called the New Era Fellowship (NEF). Through public debates, lectures, study circles and cultural events a new cultural and political project was born in Cape Town. Taking a position of non-collaboration and non-racialism, the NEF played a vital role in challenging society's responses to events ranging from the problem of taking up arms during the Second World War for an empire intent on stripping people of colour of their human rights, to the Hertzog Bills, which foreshadowed apartheid in all its ruthless effectiveness.