Lessons of the 1950s

By Richard Monroe

First published in Inqaba Ya Basebenzi, no. 13, March-May 1984

2002 Introduction by Jordi Martorell

Chapter 1 - The victory of the Nationalist Party in 1948

Chapter 2 - The lack of a workers' party

Chapter 3 - The Rise of the ANC

Chapter 4 - The role of the Communist Party in the ANC

Chapter 5 - The Freedom Charter

Chapter 6 - The Birth of SACTU

Chapter 7 - 1957-58: The movement in a crucial phase

Chapter 8 - The politics of Congress in the late 1950s

Chapter 9 - Division weakens the movement

Chapter 10 - Sharpeville and its aftermath

Chapter 11 - SACTU in the Congress Alliance

Chapter 12 - Blind alley of guerrillaism

Appendix - The Freedom Charter (1955)

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