Our Land, Our Life, Our Future

Black South African challenges to territorial segregation, 1913-1948

By Harvey M. Feinberg

This ground-breaking book evaluates a topic central to the past century of South African history - the 1913 Natives Land Act and its consequences. Applying rigorous scholarly standards, the book analyzes, reassesses, and then challenges previously accepted ideas about the impact of the Natives Land Act. A product of meticulous research in major South African archives, the book is notable for its reference to a wide array of documents that scholars have until now neglected. A plethora of evidence provides the data to challenge major theories about the impact of the Natives Land Act and to illuminate changes in government land policy. The book convincingly demonstrates that, through African agency, black South Africans continued to buy land after 1913, thereby challenging the territorial segregation goals of the rural white population. It also includes important contrasts between the 1910-1948 period and the apartheid era. Our Land, Our Life, Our Future will appeal to a wide readership, including international researchers interested in land history, South African-oriented academics, and the South African legal community - lawyers, policymakers, and NGOs dealing with the land claims process. Readers will be intrigued by this rich vein of new material and will find that it includes important background information for the post-1994 restitution process. *** "...this is an important, insightful book sure to have wide interdisciplinary appeal. The Natives Land Act continues to have enormous symbolic (and legal) significance, and Feinberg nicely connects segregation with apartheid eras, past with present. Essential." - Choice, Vol. 53, No. 1, September 2015 *** Selected for the annual CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles list for 2015 in African studies. (Series: Hidden Histories) [Subject: African Studies, History, Legal History]


Publication Date: 1/16/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781868887484