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A betrayal's history : a coloured assimilationist project in Cape Town, 1906-1910

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Giovani Grillo de Salve
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Institution: Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas
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Examining board members:
Robert Wayne Andrew Slenes; Lilia Katri Moritz Schwarcz
Advisor: Omar Ribeiro Thomaz

The first decade of the 20th century, at the Cape Colony of Good Hope, was marked by the elaboration of the African Political Organisation's (APO) coloured assimilationist project. Formalized through actions, negotiations, resistances and passivity, this conjunct of practices was tied to South Africa's complex processes of establishment of institutional segregation and by-law racial and social relations. This master's dissertation discusses how the organisation's president, Dr. Abdullah Abdurahman (1870-1940), and some others African Political Organisation's members fought for the social and legal recognition of coloured identity as apart and distinct from the Natives' identities. Furthermore, it is discussed how these individuals developed subterfuges against the legal colour bar established by the "Great Betrayal", held by the British colonialists after the end of the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902, negotiating constitutional rights and the franchise, as social and civil privileges, by their own experiences and agencies (AU)